Taking a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that there was a glitch in his helicopter, but he won't term it as a “conspiracy”. After the Nandigram incident, Mamata had said that she was attacked under a conspiracy, prompting BJP leaders to call her claim a drama.
“I am a little late today because of some glitch in my helicopter but I won't call it a conspiracy,” said Shah at a rally in poll-bound West Bengal's Bankura. The saffron party leader also said that even the Election Commission has said there was no attack on Mamata Banerjee in Nandigram. “130 people [BJP workers] have died in your regime. Do you understand their pain? You only know your pain after your leg injury.”
Shah's arch-rival Mamata, who hit the campaign trail yesterday in a wheelchair, made the 300-odd km journey to Purulia today, where she declared, "People's pain is greater than my pain". Referring to her injury, sustained last week in Nandigram, she said, "Some thought I wouldn't be able to step out with this broken leg".
At her rally in Kolkata yesterday, Didi had made the same point. "My pain is not greater than the suffering of people as democracy is being trampled through dictatorship," she had said. "I will continue to roam around Bengal on this wheelchair. If I go on bed rest, who will reach out to the people of Bengal?" the CM had said.
Meanwhile, launching a stinging attack on Shah over the cancellation of his Jhargram rally due to "technical glitches", TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee said more people watch 'JCB ki khudai' or sip tea at a shop than those attending the senior BJP leader's public meeting.
Alleging that the BJP is using the central agencies to harass the TMC, he asserted, "But, we are not afraid." Bengal will vote in eight rounds from March 27 for a new government. The fate of these fighters will be declared on May 2.