Amit Shah Fires Opening Salvo for 2021 Polls

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing the West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally through video conferencing. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addressing the West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally through video conferencing. (Photo: Twitter/ANI)

Home Minister Amit Shah said that Banerjee was stalling Ayushman Bharat and other central schemes because she is wary of Narendra Modi’s increasing popularity in the state.

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  • Last Updated: June 9, 2020, 12:35 PM IST

Union Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing the West Bengal Jan-Samvad Rally through video conferencing, said on Tuesday that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would pay a heavy price for opposing CAA and people would make her a political refugee in the state.

Shah said that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) was an important step to put a stop to appeasement politics. “People of Bengal should know this. It was a step to end the wrongs done for decades to refugees.”

Shah added that Mamata had opposed the decision in the Parliament and on the streets. “I ask her, what is the fault of the Matua community and the lakhs of refugees who were forced out of Bangladesh?”

Mounting an attack over the issue of trains for migrant workers, the home minister said: “Bengal has asked for the fewest trains, only 236 trains which have transported three lakh migrants. You (Mamata Banerjee) have called Shramik Special trains Corona Express. That will pave the way for your exit.”

Shah further alleged that Banerjee was stalling Centre’s schemes, including Ayushman Bharat for the people of Bengal.

“I ask her why is she not allowing health benefits to reach the people of Bengal? There is a limit to such politics which comes at the cost of well being of people. All state leaders, including Kejriwal, have accepted the scheme, but Mamta has not,” Shah said.

Shah added that Banerjee was stalling Ayushman Bharat and other central schemes because she is wary of Narendra Modi’s increasing popularity in the state.

“I assure people of Bengal that we will implement the scheme after we win the state elections,” the home minister said.

He remarked that he still remembers how opposition parties and leaders, including Rahul Gandhi criticised the Jan Dhan bank accounts. “It is through these accounts that 51 crore people have received direct financial benefits in the time of coronavirus pandemic,” Shah added.

Earlier, the BJP’s state unit had prepared a ‘nine-point agenda’ highlighting the nine major failures of the Mamata Banerjee government in the state which has been in power for nine years.

The BJP has launched a mega drive of virtual rallies from various parts of the country. Top Union Ministers will reach out to people through social media and digital platforms to highlight the achievements of the Narendra Modi government that completed its first year of second term on May 30.




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