BJP President Amit Shah travelled to West Bengal to address an election rally in Alipurduar ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The saffron party has been desperately trying to make inroads into the bastion of the Trinamool Congress for quite some time now, but success has eluded the BJP so far.
Friday was no different as barely few hundred people turned up to listen to the BJP president. According to local correspondents, several rows of chairs remained empty all throughout Shah’s speech. To avoid embarrassment, BJP’s poll managers ensured that not once were the cameras turned towards the crowd until towards the end when Shah asked his audience to rise and chant slogans seeking the second term for Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Even here, the camera took a close up angle of a few dozens of women BJP supporters raising their hands and chanting slogans.
Shah was also seen making attempts at giving a communal colour to his speech as he accused the state’s Mamata Banerjee government of promoting Urdu and not Bengali. This was a veiled attempt to highlight Banerjee’s pro-Muslim image. He assured Hindu and Buddhist refugees living in Bengal to not worry about their future as the BJP government will ensure their stay with ‘full dignity,’
However, minutes after slamming Urdu, Shah used a famous Urdu proverb Bakre Ki Maan kab tak Khair Manaayegi, which loosely meant in the context of Bengal politics that the Trinamool Congress’ days were numbered.
He said, “Friends, Mamata ji thinks that intruders (from Bangaldesh) will bail her out (in the elections). Oh Mamata ji, Eid is coming, bakre ki maan kitne din khair manaayegi.” He then turned towards his audience and asked, “bakre ki maan khair mana sakti hai kya? “
Shah said that this year’s Lok Sabha polls in Bengal was the fight for survival and the Trinamool Congress was destined to suffer a humiliating defeat. He slammed Mamata Banerjee for stopping the helicopters of several big BJP leaders including his, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
He praised the Election Commission for making elaborate arrangements to ensure free and fair elections before invoking Pakistan during his speech.