Calcutta: Political tactics are being played out in poll-bound West Bengal to traduce the rival party. Both, BJP and Trinamool can be seen engrossed in verbal spats, throwing dirt at each other. Such a tussle was recently witnessed on Thursday during Union minister Amit Shah’s public rally, where he once again locked horns with TM leader and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by dragging her nephew and Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee in a squabble, that now seems to be turning into a family brawl.
On his day-long visit to Bengal, the home minister attacked Mamata’s nephew saying, “Modi Sarkar is for Garib Kalyan, Mamata Sarkar is for Bhatija Kalyan. She is wondering when she can make her nephew Chief Minister. If Dilip Ghosh had not fought here, she would have made the announcement by now,” Mr Amit Shah said in Cooch Behar, his first stop in the state on Thursday, during his campaign ahead of coming assembly polls.
This is not the first time BJP has attacked Abhishek Banerjee.
Launching her scathing attack on Amit Shah, Mamata Banerjee said, “They keep saying Bhatija-Bua. What about your son? We are bad just because we are in Bengal. How did he make so much money? First answer this. Didi is very nice. She tells the truth. But if you clash with me, you will crumble. (Didi so jo takrayega, choor choor ho jayega),” she said hours after at a public function with non-profits in Kolkata. Mamata Banerjee’s attack was a full-throttled, without taking any names, Mamata won the squabble over ‘Bhatija (nephew) versus Beta (son)’.
In order to lower the confidence of Mamata for upcoming polls in his parting shot, Amit Shah openly challenged her for the upcoming polls, “Due to some circumstances, my earlier programme here was cancelled. Mamata Didi became very happy. But elections won’t happen till April and I will come here again and again and keep coming till you lose the poll,” he said at his second programme in Thakurnagar in south Bengal.
Reacting to which Bengal CM said, “We welcome him,” Ms Banerjee said, then added, “All the time he abuses Bengal. Come to campaign here. Don’t try and threaten me. I am not scared of you. Didi cannot be forced to do anything.”
Perhaps picking a cue from PM Narendra Modi’s famous comment in his campaign rally last Sunday, Banerjee said, “I am ready for the game”.
“I will be goalkeeper. I want to see how many goals you can get past me,” added the Chief Minister.