GANDHINAGAR, WNS: Union home minister Amit Shah on Thursday said the Assembly poll in Gujarat will be fought between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s development model and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee’s destruction model. Shah, as part of BJP’s poriborton yatra, said this during a rally in Cooch Behar. Notably, the Assembly election is due in Bengal in April-May.
Amit Shah also raised the issue of Mamata Banerjee getting angry at “Jai Shri Ram” slogans—a major point of contention between the saffron party and TMC. Shah took a dig at the incumbent CM saying, “If Jai Shri Ram is not chanted in India, will it be raised in Pakistan?”
The BJP leader went on to say that the TMC supremo will herself start chanting the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan by the time the state elections are over.
Targeting the TMC government on the issue of development, Shah said PM Modi’s government works for “jan kalyan” (public welfare). Mamata Banerjee works for “bhatija kalyan”—welfare of her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, he added in a reference to one of the hot button issues that is said to have propelled a chunk of Trinamool leaders towards the BJP.
“TMC goons cannot stall the BJP’s march to power in West Bengal. No ‘Mai ka Laal’ (anyone at all) can stop the BJP in Bengal,” the BJP leader added.
Notably, Mamata Banerjee had expressed anger after members of the audience raised “Jai Shri Ram” slogans at a public event organised at Victoria Memorial to commemorate the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on January 23.
The event was attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Banerjee had refused to address the audience at the event. Later, she said that the BJP can insult her, but she will not tolerate the insult of Bengal’s cultural heritage.