Union home minister and BJP leader Amit Shah addressing ‘West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally’ through video conferencing in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Amit Shah targets Mamata Banerjee on CAA, Covid-19

Union house minister Amit Shah on Tuesday requested the individuals of West Bengal to present Prime Minister Narendra Modi an opportunity for the state’s growth as he hit out at chief minister Mamata Banerjee saying she can be relegated to a “political refugee” due to her opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA).

“Change is needed to take Bengal ahead. People, who changed the communist rule expecting development, are now saying that even the communists were better than TMC. They are so upset. You gave communists 34 years and 10 years to Didi [Banerjee]. Now, give a chance to Modi…,” Shah mentioned at his third digital rally since Sunday. “I appeal to people to give Modi a chance for corruption and violence-free Bengal… you will see an end to violence, corruption, scams, extortion, terror, infiltration, and dynasty politics.” Shah mentioned Banerjee’s “insensitive” reference to particular trains for migrant employees as “corona express” would ultimately seal her exit.

TMC hit again and mentioned BJP has misplaced priorities and was specializing in politics as a substitute of battling Covid-19, coping with the border stand-off with China and focussing on post-cyclone Amphan reduction in West Bengal.

“Covid-19 and cyclone Amphan are our focus. But since Shah raised the issue of CAA, we need to say a few things. The rules for CAA had to be notified within six months and the duration ends this week. Now they will seek another six months’ extension and revive the issue in December, which will be barely three months before the polls [in West Bengal]. They care for nothing other than votes,” TMC spokesman Derek O’Brien mentioned.

He mentioned their authorities is faring higher than different BJP-ruled states. “According to the report of Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy, the national unemployment rate is 23.5%, while in Haryana it is 35%, in Madhya Pradesh 27%, in UP 21%, and in Karnataka 20.4%, whereas Bengal has it at 17.4%.”

TMC’s youth wing chief, Abhishek Banerjee, focused the Centre over the border standoff. “As usual the speech of @AmitShah Ji was all rhetoric and no substance. Nonetheless, since he has talked about his dream of seeing ‘EXIT’ of TMC, I would like to ask him one more time – ‘When are the Chinese EXITING our territory’ #BengalRejectsAmitShah,” he tweeted.

BJP emerged as TMC’s principal opponent within the 2019 Lok Sabha polls bagging 18 of the state’s 42 seats. TMC gained 22. In the 2016 meeting polls, BJP gained three of the state’s 294 seats, whereas TMC received 211.