Shah alleged that Banerjee was misleading people, and vowed to introduce it in every State after winning the polls
LASHING out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for allegedly running a “mafia raj” in the State, BJP President on Monday claimed that the State has topped the chart in cow smuggling and become a safe haven for infiltrators. Urging the people to ensure that the BJP wins more than 23 out of 42 seats in the State, Shah said it would ensure that the syndicate raj ends within 90 days in West Bengal. In West Bengal, ‘syndicate’ means the business run by persons allegedly enjoying political patronage, who force promoters and contractors to buy construction materials, often of inferior quality at high prices. “Mamata Banerjee led TMC is running a mafia raj in the State.
The State has achieved the distinction of topping the chart in cow smuggling and turning the State into a safe haven for infiltrators,” Shah claimed. Addressing rally, he accused Banerjee of making Bengal a bankrupt State where only her relatives and TMC Ministers have flourished. False cases against Pragya, Aseemanand, says Shah: Defending his party’s decision to field Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur as its candidate from Bhopal, BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said that she was framed in a false case in the name of “Hindu terror” and the real culprits were still out of the purview of law. Thakur, prime accused in the 2008 Malegaon blast case, is now out on bail and has been named as the BJP candidate from Bhopal against Congress veteran and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Digvijay Singh.
“As far as the question of Sadhvi Pragya is concerned, a false case was filed in the name of Hindu terror. There was an effort to defame Indian culture all over the world,” Shah told mediapersons here. Referring to the 2007 Samjahuta Express bombing, he said false cases were also lodged against former Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) activist Swami Aseemanand and others. “Where are the people who were actually behind Samjhauta blast? Whoever did that, they were supporters of terrorist organisations, not us. They were held by the CBI and said that the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) was involved in the blast,” he explained. Hitting out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for calling the BJP a terrorist gang, Shah said: “It is a sign of the TMC Government’s mental limitations.
The BJP has been a nationalist organisation since its inception. A party that takes strong steps against terrorism, cannot be a terror outfit itself.” The BJP chief also spoke about the Congress’ election promise to remove the sedition law from the Constitution and asked Banerjee what message she wanted to send when she sits with Congress after the elections. He also asked Banerjee whether she agreed with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah’s comment that there should be a second Prime Minister in Jammu and Kashmir. “Abdullahji was sharing a dais with you.
You must decide first, if you will agree to do away with Article 370 (granting special status to Kashmir),” he said referring to the TMC chief-convened January 19 rally of the Opposition parties. Shah alleged that Banerjee, who is vehemently opposed to the contentious NRC that is currently restricted to Assam, was misleading people, and vowed to introduce it in every State after winning the polls. “It is our commitment to bring in NRC across the country to chuck away each and every infiltrator. First, we would bring Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, so that all the refugees get citizenship, and then we will bring NRC to throw out infiltrators,” he said. Banerjee has repeatedly claimed that NRC, which seeks to weed out illegal migrants from Assam, will turn even bona fide Indian citizens into refugees.