Union Home Minister and former BJP National President Shri Amit Shah visited West Bengal on his two-day pravas on 19-20 December 2020. On December 19, Shri Amit Shah visited Shri Ramakrishna Mission, Swami Vivekananda’s Ancestral House and Cultural Centre, Kolkata. He paid his tributes to Swami Vivekanand ji, the great son of India who showed to the world the great Indian culture and tradition. He also interacted with the media at Shri Ramakrishna Mission.
Later Shri Shah visited the famous Maa Siddeshwari Mandir at Medinipur where he offered prayers and sought the blessings of the goddess for prosperity of West Bengal and the entire nation. After that he offered tributes to great freedom fighter Shaheed Khudiram Bose at his statue. He then visited Devi Mahamaya Temple and offered prayers seeking blessings for wellbeing, peace and prosperity of West Bengal and the entire nation.
Shri Amit Shah also visited Belijuri village in Medinipur and had lunch at the house of a farmer family. Later in the afternoon, Shri Amit Shah addressed a massive public rally at Medinipur College ground and urged the people of Bengal to uproot the Mamata Banerjee government which has become synonymous with corruption and anarchy, and vote for BJP to form the new government in the state.
Lambasting the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, the Union Home Minister said that Didi says that the Bharatiya Janata Party is expert in defection. Didi, I have come here to remind you which was your original party? Was Trinamool Congress? When you left the Congress and formed the Trinamool Congress, was it not a defection? Today, when Shri Shubhendu Adhikari is leaving your party and joining Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi against the injustice and exploitation of the people of West Bengal, you are feeling it is a case of defection! But Didi, this is just the beginning, you will be left alone as elections come. You might not have imagined the type of ‘Tsunami’ I am witnessing in West Bengal. There is a reason why so many people are leaving other parties and joining Bharatiya Janata Party.
When a person changes his party, he decides only after much thought. Those who are joining the BJP in West Bengal, they are the people who came out with the slogan ‘Maa, Mati, Manush’, but Mamta Didi gave the slogan of ‘Maa, Mati, Manush’ to ‘Tolabaji, appeasement and converted it to nepotism.
Continuing the attack on Mamta Banerjee, Shri Shah said that Didi does not see the future of 10 crore Bengali people, the future of crores of youth. According to her, her nephew is everything, she is always worried how to make her nephew the chief minister. I have come to ask the people of West Bengal’ what is the fault of the youth of West Bengal that the state is not developing. I have come to ask the farmers of West Bengal that why the assistance of Rs 6000 that Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is giving to the farmers of the country, is not availed by the farmers of West Bengal? About 10 crore farmers of the country have received the assistance amount of about 95,000 crores till now but the farmers of West Bengal have not received a single rupee as Mamta Didi does not send the list of beneficiary farmers to the Center. The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi gives health facilities up to five lakh rupees free of cost to the poor people across the country. The poor people of West Bengal should have got this facility as well, but Mamta Didi does not allow this scheme to be implemented in the state. As long as there is a Mamata Didi government in West Bengal and until the people of the state overthrow the Trinamool Congress government, the poor in the state are not going to get the benefit of Ayushman Bharat Yojana nor will the farmers get the respect.
Shri Shah said that I was watching the newspaper and I read the statement of some big leaders here, who said that no one can defeat the Trinamool in West Bengal. I want to remind those people that in the Lok Sabha elections, the same people used to say that the Bharatiya Janata Party will not secure a single seat in West Bengal, but under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and our State President Shri Dilip Ghosh we have secured 18 Lok Sabha seats. Mamta Didi, you hear, this time when the results of the Legislative Assembly elections come, then see it, this time the Bharatiya Janata Party is going to form the government in West Bengal with victory over 200 seats.
Taking a dig at the Trinamool government, the Union Home Minister said that Mamata Didi had promised the development of West Bengal but the state did not develop, instead corrupt and anarchic elements got political asylum here. Mamta Didi, you had promised to end corruption in West Bengal, but the support sent by the Central Government of the Bharatiya Janata Party to the victims of the Amfan storm was also taken away by your people. The Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji, sent eight months free food grains for the poor people of West Bengal in the Corona period, was also taken away by the Trinamool Congress workers, poor people could not get anything. Even in this case, the High Court had to order CAG Audit. Mamta Didi, you should be ashamed that your worker looted the grain from the plates of poor. Therefore, the people of West Bengal do not want you to come in power again.
While condemning the attack on the convoy of BJP National President Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Shri Shah said that when our party’s National President visited West Bengal, the convoy of his car was attacked. Mamta Didi, do you think that this will scare us? More than three hundred of our workers have been killed, but listen carefully, the more violence you do, every worker of Bharatiya Janata Party will face you with more resoluteness.
Shri Amit Shah further said that I urge the people of West Bengal that the problem of the farmers and labourers of West Bengal can be resolved with the formation of BJP Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. He said that there are bomb blasts in West Bengal, and only Bharatiya Janata Party can stop this nuisance. Hailing the people of West Bengal, he said that you gave the Congress a chance in the state for three decades, gave leftist parties 27 years and also gave 10 years to Mamata Didi. Now give the opportunity to the Bharatiya Janata Party, we will continue to make West Bengal a ‘Sonar Bangla’.
The people’s enthusiasm in the public meeting held at Midnapore College Ground was clearly visible. With the slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’, the entire Midnapore was buzzing. Shri Shubhendu Adhikari, a senior leader of the Trinamool Congress and a minister in Mamta government, along with his colleagues, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party in the presence of Home Minister Shri Amit Shah. State President of BJP Shri Dilip Ghosh, National General Secretary of the party and in-charge of West Bengal Shri Kailash Vijayvargiya, National Vice President of the party Shri Mukul Roy, Senior Party Leader Shri Rahul Sinha, Union Minister Ms. Deboshree Chowdhary , MP Shri Jyotirmoy Mahato, Ms. Lockett Chatterjee, Shri Soumitra Khan, Rajya Sabha MP Shri Swapan Das Gupta, Bharti Ghosh, Sanyal Dutta were also present among others.
Shri Shah said that today one MP, nine MLAs, one former Minister, one Minister of State, 15 Councilors, 45 Chairmen and two Chairmen of the District Panchayat have joined BJP. They are from Trinamool Congress, Congress, Communist Party, under the leadership of Shri Shubhendu Adhikari – good people from all parties have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party to work under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, I heartily welcome all of them.
In the evening, Shri Shah held a review meeting of election management works with Central Ministers from West Bengal, organisation secretaries, zonal observers and BJP state general secretaries at ‘The Westin’, Kolkata.
On December 20, 2020, the second day of his visit, Shri Shah visited Vishwa Bharti University at Shanti Niketana where he paid tributes to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in the morning. He also interacted with the media there. After this, he visited the famous Sangeet Bhawan of Vishwa Bharti University. He then addressed a gathering at Bangladesh Bhawan Auditorium at Vishwa Bharti University. Shri Shah also visited Shyambati (Birbhum) where he had lunch with the Baul Singer family. The Union Home Minister also held a massive roadshow in Bolpur (Birbhum) from Hanuman Mandir, Stadium Road to Bolpur Circle. In the evening he addressed a press conference at Mohor Kutir, Birbhum where he lashed out at the Mamata Banerjee government and reiterated the commitment of the Bharatiya Janata Party government to make West Bengal a ‘Sonar Bangla’.
Addressing the press, Shri Shah said that I have done and seen many road shows, but I have never seen a road show like today. It has become clear today that the people of West Bengal want change. The people of the state have decided that in the Vidhan Sabha elections, they will give the opportunity to serve the state to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
He further slammed the Trinamool government and said that the current government has set three dangerous trends in politics of West Bengal – administration has been politicized, politics has been criminalized and corruption has been institutionalized. These three trends are very dangerous for democracy and for the people. Therefore, on behalf of the BharatiyaJanata Party, I earnestly request the people of West Bengal that the workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party are carrying out a campaign for change in the state, and the campaign of ‘Noi injustice’, please join them and make the change happen. You give your blessings to your beloved Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and make the campaign to make West Bengal a ‘Sonar Bangla’ a success.