Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s battle to make Bengal 'Sonar Bangla' is between its booth workers and the 'syndicate' run by the ruling Trinamool Congress, said Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday at a roadshow in Kolkata's South 24 Parganas.
Launching the fifth phase of BJP's 'Poribartan Yatra', ahead of assembly elections this year, the Union minister said, "Jay Shree Ram slogan is a protest against appeasement politics in the state." Shah said that the West Bengal chief minister Mamata Bannerjee has started worshipping Goddess Saraswati in public only because of BJP's pressure.
"Shouldn't Durga Puja take place in West Bengal? Court permission needs to be obtained for it. Shouldn't Saraswati Puja take place? She had stopped it, only after BJP's pressure she was seen worshipping Goddess Saraswati. Didi, Bengal knows that you stopped 'Saraswati pujan' in schools," said Shah.
"Our aim is to not remove the Mamata Banerjee's government. Our aim is to ensure that situation in West Bengal changes. The state of poor and the state of women should change in Bengal," said Shah. The Union Minister held Thursday's road show from Kali Mandir to SBI, Kakdwip branch, and South 24 Parganas.
Meanwhile, launching a blistering attack, Mamata exuded confidence that her party will break all records of past elections in the state, get most of the votes and win the highest number of seats in the upcoming polls. "TMC will break all records, get most of the votes and win the highest number of seats in Bengal polls," she said.
Mamata also challenged Shah to bring his son into politics and fight elections against Abhishek Banerjee. "Abhishek Banerjee is an elected representative of the people, I challenge Amit Shah to get his son into politics," the chief minister said.