Sitalkuchi (West Bengal): Home minister Amit Shah today claimed that people have voted in large numbers in favour of a BJP government in the first two phases of West Bengal assembly elections and it is now confirmed that Mamata Banerjee government will be unseated.
Speaking at an election rally in Coochbehar district’s Sitalkuchi, Shah exuded confidence that Mamata Banerjee, who is facing a stiff challenge in Nandigram from her former aide and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari, will lose the seat in Purba Medinipur district.
“Mamata Banerjee runs her government on a 3T model, ‘Tolabaji’ (extortion), ‘Tanashahi’ (dictatorship) and ‘Tushtikaran’ (appeasement) but we promise governance on 3Vs ‘Vishwas’ (faith), ‘Vikas’ (development), ‘Vyapar’ (trade),” he said.
He accused the TMC regime of doing grave injustice to the region and fuelling political violence.
“Didi is also aware how unpopular she is in north Bengal…she even refused to contest from any seat here, she knows what she has done,” Shah said.
“I promise that the BJP government will free north Bengal from political violence…vote for BJP, give a chance to Narendra Modiji, we will wipe out political violence,” he said, addressing a massive crowd.
He told the gathering that the Mamata Banerjee government had turned a blind eye to the region’s development.
“Coochbehar is 700 km away from Kolkata, but it is seven thousand kilometres away from Mamata Banerjee’s heart. Narendra Modi had ensured Rs 22 crore for construction of roads in Sitalkuchi, but project was not implemented. We know north Bengal is famous for tobacco growing, but the chief minister did not do anything to get right price for the farmers’ produce,” he said.
Reiterating the promise made for north Bengal in BJP’s poll manifesto, Shah said a board will be formed for the development of the area and Rs 2,000 crore will be allocated.
He also promised a Central university in the area. “The BJP government in the state will work with the Centre and set up a Central university to upgrade the education facilities,” he stated.
“Cross border infiltration is the biggest problem here,” Shah said. “If voted to power, the BJP government will make arrangements to plug the porous border. I ask you if Mamata Banerjee becomes the chief minister again will she do anything to stop it ? No one but only BJP can stop it,” he added.
He said BJP has decided to allocate Rs 500 crore to popularise the annual Ras Mela of Coochbehar on international level.
Shah said an AIIMS will be established in Coochbehar district to cater to the needs of the people of north Bengal.
He also promised free conveyance to female commuters in West Bengal under BJP government.
“I promise you the era of cut money will end and anyone trying to appropriate such illegal money will be jailed,” Shah added.
The Coochbehar district will go to polls in the fourth phase on April 10.
Results of all the 294 seats will be declared on May 2.