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Trinamool rule ruining Bengal: Amit Shah


Uluberia (West Bengal), Apr 22 (IANS): In a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP President Amit Shah on Monday said her government has ruined the state economically and culturally, and vowed to build a "Sonar Bangla" ("Golden Bengal") if the safforn party is voted to power in the state.

He also accused the state's ruling Trinamool Congress of creating obstacles in Durga Puja celebrations, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had "recommended Bengal's Durga Puja celebrations be included in the Unesco World Heritage list".

Addressing an election rally here, Shah alleged that "wealth of members of Banerjee's family, party MPs, MLAs and leaders have multiplied manifold in recent years, while the state and its people have been "ruining economically". He said the Trinamool supremo must explain "what she has done for the state."

"Bengal, once led the country in terms of culture and Mamata didi's government destroyed that picture and instead introduced rule of mafias and syndicates. The BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to make Bengal, Sonar Bangla, by defeating the Mamata Banerjee government which has ruined the state economically," Shah said.

The state had earlier been led to economic ruin by the previous Left Front regime, he added.

"PM recommended Bengal's Durga puja celebrations be included in the Unesco World Heritage list. Tell me, whether the Durga Puja should be listed in the Unesco World Heritage list or not. You must say whether you should have freedom to organise Durga Pujas or not. This will happen only when, Mamata's government is removed from power," Shah said .

The Sangeet Natak Akademy, an autonomous body under the Union Culture Ministry, had announced the Durga Puja, which is celebrated in many parts of the country, as India's official nomination for the Unesco's 2020 list of significant cultural institutions around the world.

The state government had also prepared a dossier to pitch for getting the Unesco tag for the Durga Puja festival.

Shah accused the Trinamool Congress government of creating obstacles not only for Durga Pujas, but also for celebrations of other festivals like Saraswati and Laxmi Pujas, Ram Navami and Bijoya Dashami.

He alleged that violence between communities has been on the rise in the state after Trinammol had come to power.

Shah said incidents of booths capturing and poll violence were reported only from Bengal during the first two phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

He also said the BJP had emerged as the only party which could throw infiltrators out of the country, while others, including Trinamool and the Left parties are "helping them for their vote bank politics".

"If the BJP wins at least 23 Lok Sabha seats, the Modi goverenment would "abolish syndicate raj from the state within 90 days", he added.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Mon, Apr 22 2019

    Amit Shah Ji . The Modi rule for five years has been a Disaster for our country. This is your track record.

    "This government has been a failure on all fronts and has inflicted pain and misery on the people through its reckless decisions of demonetisation and hasty imposition of a flawed GST, demonetization and GST disrupted the economy, trade and industry, led to closure of lakhs of factories and tens of millions of workers lost their jobs and livelihood. The unprecedented joblessness, agrarian crisis and distress of farmers and agricultural laborers are issues of grave national concern. The Modi government is guilty of monumental mismanagement of the Indian economy.

    No accountability at all for corruption during the last five years. Corruption has become rampant across the country. After the next Govt is formed all the skeletons in the BJP vast array of hidden cupboards will be exposed including the Rafale Scam.

    Modi Sarkar Ko Hatao. Desh Ko Bachao. They should be made accountable for over 100 deaths in ATM Ques after the Demoitisation.

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