Welcoming political heavyweight Suvendu Adhikari to the BJP, Union home minister Amit Shah on Saturday said Trinamool Congress supremo and chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be left “all alone” by the time West Bengal votes in assembly elections next year. Addressing a party rally, Shah hit out at Banerjee over continued political violence in the state and alleged that her government was steeped in corruption.
He expressed confidence that the BJP will form the next government in the state with more than 200 seats in the 294-member assembly. Besides Adhikari, nine MLAs from different parties and a TMC MP also joined the BJP.
“Didi, this is just the beginning. Wait for a few more days and there will be a tsunami in Bengal. You will be left all alone in the party,” Shah said. “I want to say it clearly that the BJP will form the next government in the state with more than 200 seats. Political violence and intimidation by the TMC won’t yield any benefit," he added.
Referring to the attack on BJP president JP Nadda’s convoy earlier this month, Shah said, “The more violence you perpetrate, the stronger the BJP will emerge… The TMC turned ‘Ma, Mati, Manush’ government into a party of extortion and syndicate. Didi is accusing us that we are poaching their leaders. I would like to question her. What was her previous party? She was with the Congress and later she formed TMC.”
Shah also accused Banerjee of blocking central government’s welfare schemes in the state. “Mamata Banerjee is blocking all central government schemes meant for the poor. She has blocked funds for farmers. She has blocked Ayushman Bharat. Nearly 80 central government schemes were blocked by Mamata Banerjee,” he said, adding that the people of Bengal will be able to benefit from the schemes “when the BJP comes to power next year”.
Echoing Shah’s statements, Suvendu Adhikari challenged Banerjee to electoral contest next year and said he received no respect in the TMC. “I cannot stay where I cannot remain with respect. I will not call anyone my ‘mother’ except my own mother and my motherland. They are calling us outsiders. But I would like to tell you that we are Indians first and then Bengalis. I am here to start working for the BJP right from tomorrow,” he said.