Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said by the time West Bengal Assembly elections will end, CM Mamata Banerjee will also chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’. Shah made the statement while launching BJP’s ‘Parivartan Yatras’ in Bengal’s Cooch Behar.
Addressing a rally before flagging off the fourth of the five ‘Parivartan Yatras’ planned by the BJP ahead of the assembly polls, Amit Shah said “If ‘Jai Shri Ram’ is not chanted in India, will it be chanted in Pakistan? You get angry over it because you want to appease a particular section of people for vote bank politics.” “Mamata Banerjee gets angry at ”Jai Shri Ram” slogan, (but) she will herself begin chanting it by the time assembly polls are over,” he added.
Hitting out at Ms Banerjee’s government on the issue of development, Mr Shah said PM Modi’s government works for “jan kalyan” (public welfare). Mamata Banerjee works for “bhatija kalyan” — welfare of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, he added in a reference to one of the hot button issues that is said to have propelled a chunk of Trinamool leaders towards the BJP.
Amit Shah called Mamata Banerjee a “failed administrator” and said the the upcoming assembly elections in the state will be a contest between Narendra Modi’s “development model” and the TMC’s “destruction model”.
“You vote the BJP to power in Bengal. Leave alone illegal immigrants, not even a bird from across the border will be allowed to enter the state,” Shah said.
He also spoke about the political killing of BJP workers and warned that the perpetrators will be thrown behind bars. The Union minister said the BJP is ready to take on the “goons” of the ruling TMC.
While flagging off the Parivartan Yatra from Cooch Behar Amit Shah said that this initiative is not about changing chief minister Mamata Banerjee but to build ‘Sonar Bangla’. “We have started the 4th Parivartan Yatra today from Cooch Behar. TMC says that Bengal is running alright, why do we need Parivartan Yatra? This is not to change a minister or a minor change, this Yatra is to change the situation in Bengal,” Shah said.