New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Friday exuded confidence that his party BJP will win more than 200 seats in the upcoming Assembly election in Mamata Banerjee-ruled West Bengal.
In an exclusive conversation with Zee New Editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary, the Home Minister spoke on a wide range of issues ranging from law and order situation in the state to Mamata Banjee’s appeasement of minorities, especially Muslims, to CAA and Ram temple issue etc.
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The Home Minister said that the people of this country have full faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, his policies and have supported the key decisions taken by his government. The Trinamool Congress government has utterly failed to bring about a positive change in West Bengal, the Home Minister said while replying to a question if Mamata Banerjee is ”overhyped and now losing relevance in the national politics.”
Wil improve law & order situation in Bengal
While expressing concerns over the extremely vicious political environment in the Trinamool Congress-ruled state, the Home Minister said that the voters of West Bengal now want a change. Claiming that no one is safe in West Bengal, Shah warned that if BJP comes to power in the state, anyone who indulges in political vendetta and violence will not be spared.
BJP will fight to transform Bengal into ‘Sonar Bangla’
The Home Minister assured that the “BJP will fight to transform Bengal into Sonar Bangla.’’ Spelling out his party’s objectives, Shah said that BJP’s first priority will be to improve the law and order situation in the state if it comes to power. Slamming the Mamata Banerjee government over its policy of minority appeasement, the Home Minister said that due to Communists, political violence has become an integral part of West Bengal’s politics. “We are confident that the BJP will come to power and form the government this time and fulfil the dream of transforming the state into “Sonar Bengal” – which means jobs for youths,” Shah added.
Will implement CAA: Shah
Replying to a question on stiff political opposition to the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in West Bengal, the Home Minister said that it has been passed by the Parliament and will be implemented everywhere across the country. Shah quipped that his party has fulfiled 70 years of the unfulfilled promise made by Congress of granting citizenship to the refugees.
Will restore Bengal’s culture
To a question on what will be the key issues in the upcoming assembly elections in Bengal, the Home Minister said that the TMC rule has done serious damage to the culture and ethos of Bengal. He said that nepotism and political violence has never had a place in Bengal’s politics. “Though Mamata is a tall leader with a huge mass appeal and maintains a solid grip over the electorate in her home state, she has completely failed to live up to the people’s expectations. Winds of change have started in Bengal and voters of the state now want to get rid of the corrupt TMC government,” Shah said.
BJP will win 200+ seats in Bengal
The Home Minister exuded confidence that his party will win 200 plus seats in the West Bengal assembly and the Mamata Banerjee-led TMC government will be thrown out of power. Shah said that no one believed when he said that the BJP will win at least 20 seats in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, but the results proved the critics wrong after the party won 18 seats. The Home Minister also credited the state BJP leaders and workers who have worked relentlessly in expanding the party’s voter base across the state and appeared confident that their efforts will yield positive results in the upcoming assembly elections.
You can watch the exclusive interview of Union Home Minister Amit Shah with Zee News Editor-in-chief Sudhir Chaudhary on Zee News.