Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who had lunch at the house of a rickshaw puller, said the party will form the government in West Bengal with over 200 seats. The 'rickshawala' is a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporter.
Shah had a simple fare of rice, dal, vegetables, and salad made by the womenfolk of the house, during his campaign ahead of the fourth phase of the ongoing assembly elections in the state.
Rajib Banerjee, the BJP candidate for the constituency, was also present also along with Shah. After having his meal, Shah said, "I visited only one gram panchayat but with the enthusiasm I saw, I am confident that Rajib Banerjee will win with a majority."
The Union Minister also targeted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by saying, "Her frustration can be seen in her speeches and behaviour."
Ahead of the fourth phase of polling scheduled for April 10, Shah also conducted a roadshow in Singur and Domjur. Singur was once a hot spot of the anti-land acquisition movement. Shah promised rapid industrialization of the area if BJP is voted to power.
The symbolism of the home minister holding a roadshow in Singur, three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a rally there and alleged the "obstructionist mindset" of Mamata deprived West Bengal of industries and jobs, was clear--the BJP wants to corner her over the state's dwindling industrial base and alleged job loss.
Cheered by crowds, Shah stood atop a decorated vehicle with BJP candidate for the Singur seat Rabindranath Bhattacharya, who recently joined the saffron party after leaving the Trinamool Congress, waved at people standing by the roadside and on terraces and balconies.