TMC hits back at Amit Shah’s outreach effort on day 2 of West Bengal visit

On day 2 of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s West Bengal visit, the ruling Trinamool Congress(TMC) broke their silence in a tweet on day two of the visit and hit out at Shah saying, “’Bohiragato’ are at it again! Union Home Minister @AmitShah is so ignorant of Bengal’s culture that he insulted Bhagwan Birsa Munda by garlanding a wrong idol & placed his photo at someone else’s foot. Will he ever respect Bengal?”

Mamata’s nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee lashed out at Shah over the alleged political gimmick to eat lunch with the tribal families in the state. “Reality behind @AmitShah Ji’s token meals – he used ST Community & the concerned family as political tool & didn’t even bother to speak to them for a moment. Mr Home Minister, did you come here only for a photo-op? #BengalAsksAmitShah”

 

 

Shah who is in the state for organizational meetings with BJP party workers in Kolkata, reportedly asked them not to focus on the Chief Ministerial candidate’s face and not target Mamata Banerjee as an individual, but to attack the Trinamool Congress(TMC) as a whole.

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Shah told the media on Thursday that the party will win by 2/3rd majority in the upcoming Assembly elections in West Bengal. The saffron party is confident of winning 200 of 294 seats as a blueprint is being worked out by the party’s Central leadership with Prime Minister Nardendra Modi being the factor to woo Bengal’s voters.

After visiting the Dakhineshwar temple on Friday Shah said, “Bengal is the birthplace of great spiritual leaders like Chaitanya, Ramkrishna and Swami Vivekananda.” Shah added. “But the politics of appeasement has robbed the state of its tradition of spirituality. I urge voters to vote for the BJP to revive the lost pride.”

After his lunch visit to a tribal family’s house in Bankura district on Thursday, the Union Home Minister also had lunch with a Matua community family on Friday, in an outreach effort to woo tribal and refugee voters amidst dissent over the Citizenship Amendment Act(CAA) over the last one year.

BJP and TMC are locked in a political war of words as both are hungry for power in West Bengal. While TMC is confident of holding onto it’s turf for a third term, the saffron party’s 18 of 42 seat victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections up from 2 seats earlier, is an indication of what the BJP is capable of in Mamata’s bastion. The saffron party, therefore is leaving no stone unturned to grab West Bengal and Amit Shah’s visit is one of the many strategies to gain not the party worker’s but even the voter’s confidence of the state being able hands.

 

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