2 min read.Updated: 19 Dec 2020, 04:12 PM IST Edited By Meghna Sen
'Give us five years, we will turn West Bengal into Sonar Bangla,' the Union Home Minister said at a rally in Midnapore
'I want to ask the youth of West Bengal - What is your fault? Why is there no development in Bengal? I want to ask the farmers of Bengal - Why are you not receiving the ₹6,000 annually that is being sent by PM Modi?' Shah asked
After high-profile TMC rebel leader, Suvendu Adhikari and several others switched to the BJP on Saturday at a rally in Medinipur, Union Home Minister and senior BJP leader Amit Shah said that people are leaving Trinamool Congress because of the misrule, corruption and nepotism of Mamata Banerjee.
Hitting out at the West Bengal Chief Minister, Shah said, "You gave three decades to Congress, 27 years to Communists and 10 years to Mamata didi. Give 5 years to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), we will make Bengal Sonar Bangla".
On desertions from TMC, the Home Minister said, "By the time elections arrive, Mamata Banerjee will be left alone in the party."
Shah further added, "Mamata didi says the BJP takes people from other parties. I want to remind her of her days in Congress. You [Mamata Banerjee] did the same when you left Congress and made TMC. When people of Bengal are coming with BJP to transform the state of Bengal, why is she worried? This is just the beginning. These people are leaving your party wilfully. Didi has changed it into appeasement, family fiefdom and tolabaazi. People do not get central government benefits."
"I want to ask the youth of Bengal - What is your fault? Why is there no development in Bengal? I want to ask the farmers of Bengal - Why are you not receiving the ₹6,000 annually that is being sent by PM Modi?" Amit Shah asked at the Midnapore rally.
Adhikari joins BJP; 9 MLAs, 1 MP also change sides
Ex-aide of Mamata Banerjee Suvendu Adhikari joined the BJP and thanked the party and Amit Shah for welcoming him into the saffron party. Addressing the rally, Suvendu Adhikari said, "I have a long association with the BJP."
Two-time TMC MP from Bardhaman Purba Lok Sabha constituency Sunil Mondal also joined the BJP. He has been vocal about his differences with the party's leadership over the last few days.