BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday launched his party’s Lok Sabha polls campaign in West Bengal as he scoffed at the proposed grand alliance of opposition parties as that of “greed and lust” and which has nine potential prime ministerial candidates.
He claimed bringing in 20-25 leaders on one stage would not serve any purpose as Narendra Modi will become prime minister again.
He said that out of the 23 leaders, who attended the Brigade parade ground rally, nine of them were potential prime ministerial candidates.
Shah, however, did not name anybody. “But, we have only one prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi,” he told a BJP rally here, three days after Brigade ground gathering of the opposition at Kolkata.
Shah, while kick-starting ‘Ganatanatra Bachao Yatra’ in Bengal, vowed to overthrow the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government in the state.
Asserting that the Modi government was committed to legislating the citizenship bill, Shah wondered whether West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will support the bill or not. After passage in Lok Sabha, the citizenship bill awaits the crucial test in Rajya Sabha where the ruling NDA does not have majority.
He described the Trinamool Congress dispensation as a “government that facilitates murders” and said the party will be ousted in the general elections.
“Mahagathbandhan is all about greed and lust. They want to remove Modi, while we want to remove poverty and corruption. They want a ‘majboor sarkar’ (helpless government) so that they can engage in corruption. We want a ‘majboot sarkar’ (strong government) so that we can give a befitting reply to Pakistan. It is for the people to decide whether they want a ‘majboot’ or ‘majboor’ government,” he said.
“Mamata di should know that bringing together just 20-25 leaders on the same stage won’t serve any purpose as people will again vote to re-elect Narendra Modi as prime minister. The 100 crore people of this country stand with Modi,” he said.
Taking a jibe at the brigade meet of the opposition camp on January 19, he said the anti-BJP parties did not utter ‘Bharat Mata ki jai or ‘Vande Mataram’ even once during the rally, but kept chanting ‘Modi Modi’.
Speaking on the issue of refugees in West Bengal, Shah said the TMC government has done nothing for them.
“The TMC government has done nothing for the refugees. But we will give citizenship to all the Bengali Hindu refugees. I want to assure all the Bengali refugees that they will get citizenship.