Amit Shah In Bengal LIVE Updates: Ex-Mamata Banerjee Aide Suvendu Adhikari, 50 Others Join BJP At Medinipur Rally

Amit Shah Bengal Visit: Amit Shah's trip to Bengal has been preceded by a series of resignations from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

Amit Shah In Bengal LIVE Updates: Ex-Mamata Banerjee Aide Suvendu Adhikari, 50 Others Join BJP At Medinipur Rally

Amit Shah in West Bengal: The BJP leader arrived in Kolkata after 1 am on Saturday.

New Delhi:

Trinamool Congress rebel Suvendu Adhikari and a number of others joined the BJP in presence of Amit Shah at a mega rally in West Bengal's Midnapore today. "The Tsunami I am seeing in Bengal today, I must say that this is something that Mamata Banerjee would not have thought this would happen. By the time the elections come, the entire scene in Bengal would change. Didi watch out!," said Mr Shah, who is on a two-day visit to the state to take stock of his party's affairs ahead of the Assembly elections that are dur in four months.

Besides Mr Adhikari, nearly 50 former Trinamool, Congress and Left front leaders joined BJP in Mr Shah's presence.

Mr Shah, who arrived late on Friday, began his day offering prayers to Swami Vivekananda, Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and Sarada Devi at the Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata around 10.30 in the morning. "This the place where Vivekananda Ji was born. Vivekananda Ji connected modernity and spirituality. I pray that we are able to walk on the path he showed us," Amit Shah said after paying tribute to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata. He will also address a public rally at Midnapore on Saturday where a number of Trinamool Congress leaders are likely to join the BJP. Mr Shah's trip to Bengal has been preceded by a series of resignations from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

The Union Home Minister, the party's key strategist for Bengal, has set a target of 200 of the state's 294 seats for the assembly polls.

Here are the LIVE Updates on Amit Shah visit to West Bengal:

Dec 19, 2020 18:13 (IST)
Suvendu Adhikari Joined Biggest Extortionist Party, Says Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee
Trinamool Congress MP Kalyan Banerjee today hit out at Home Minister Amit Shah, who addressed a rally in West Bengal and greeted rebels from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's party ahead of election to the legislative assembly, just months away.
Dec 19, 2020 17:42 (IST)
In Parting Shot To Mamata Banerjee, Suvendu Adhikari's Long Letter Complaining Of Deep Rot In Trinamool
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's former minister Suvendu Adhikari, who crossed over to the BJP today, shredded his former party in a long open letter of resignation, saying "an extremely deep rot and malaise" has taken root in the Trinamool Congress and "individuals currently in charge of the party are treating it as their personal fiefdom"
Dec 19, 2020 17:13 (IST)
Amit Shah Welcomes Trinamool's Suvendu Adhikari To BJP At Bengal Rally
Union Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed high-profile Trinamool Congress rebel Suvendu Adhikari and several others to the BJP on Saturday at a mega rally in West Bengal's Paschim Medinipur, sparing no shot at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Dec 19, 2020 15:28 (IST)
"Didi, this is just the beginning. You'll be alone by the time polls come"

  • The Tsunami I am seeing in Bengal today, I must say that this is something that Mamata Banerjee would not have thought this would happen. By the time the elections come, the entire scene in Bengal would change. Didi watch out!
  • When results of Vidhan Sabha election will be declared BJP will form the government with more than 200 seats
Dec 19, 2020 15:20 (IST)


Amit Shah is speaking now. "Didi (Mamata Banerjee) keeps saying that BJP indulges in people switching parties. I want to ask her, was TMC her original party? Was she not in the Congress? Did she not switch to TMC when she had differences? Today when Suvendu Adhikari ji has done the same, you find that wrong," he said.
Dec 19, 2020 15:19 (IST)
Trinamool Congress has failed the people of Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari
  • Those who I worked for loyally for 21 years, for whom I went from booth to booth, never even asked for me when I had Covid. It was Amit Shah ji who has checked on me twice. I thank him for his gesture, and I salute him.
  • I say to you today, the Trinamool Congress will not be the largest party in the state anymore. In the upcoming election, it will be the BJP that will emerge as the single largest party in West Bengal.
  • Trinamool Congress has failed the people of Bengal. No jobs, the state economy in shambles. Time has come to hand the reins in the hands of Narendra Modi ji... He is the one who can lift Bengal to its glory.
Dec 19, 2020 14:53 (IST)

Amit Shah has reached Medinipur College Ground, where he will address a public meeting. Rebel Trinamool leader Suvendu Adhikari is also present on stage with Mr Shah.
Dec 19, 2020 14:16 (IST)
Dec 19, 2020 13:53 (IST)
Dec 19, 2020 13:42 (IST)
Later today, Amit Shah  is slated to address a public rally in Medinipur. Meanwhile, preparations are underway at Belijuri village in Paschim Medinipur district, ahead of Mr Shah's visit today.
Dec 19, 2020 13:25 (IST)

Earlier, Amit Shah paid homage to freedom fighter Khudiram Bose at his native village in Pashchim Midnapore.
Dec 19, 2020 13:17 (IST)
Dec 19, 2020 12:52 (IST)
Amit Shah Offers Prayers At Siddheswari Temple

After reaching Medinipur, Mr Shah vitied Siddheswari Temple. He later paid floral tribute to  freedom fighter Khudiram Bose. 
Dec 19, 2020 12:48 (IST)
Dec 19, 2020 11:49 (IST)
Amit Shah On Way To Medinipur In Chopper


Amit Shah has now left for Medinipur town, around 150 km from the city. At Medinipur, he will garland the statue of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose, offer prayers at two temples, and have lunch at the home of a farmer before arriving at the rally.
Dec 19, 2020 11:47 (IST)
Dec 19, 2020 10:57 (IST)
Amit Shah pays tribute to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata
"This the place where Vivekananda Ji was born. Vivekananda Ji connected modernity and spirituality. I pray that we are able to walk on the path he showed us," Amit Shah said after paying tribute to Swami Vivekanand at Ramakrishna Ashram in Kolkata.
Dec 19, 2020 10:22 (IST)

Amit Shah's visit comes days after BJP chief JP Nadda's convoy was attacked by alleged Trinamool workers on December 10.
Dec 19, 2020 09:45 (IST)
Amit Shah will garland statue of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose at Medinipur

Mr Shah will then take a helicopter ride to Medinipur town, around 150 km from the city. At Medinipur, he will garland the statue of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose, offer prayers at two temples, and have lunch at the home of a farmer before arriving at the rally.
Dec 19, 2020 09:06 (IST)
Amit Shah in Bengal: Swami Vivekananda's ancestral home will be first stop for Amit Shah

Amit Shah will begin the day with a visit to Swami Vivekananda's ancestral home in Simla Street at 10:15 am. The BJP leader is likely to address press there.
Dec 19, 2020 08:57 (IST)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah Arrives In West Bengal For Two-Day Visit, Welcomed By BJP Leaders At Kolkata Airport

BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrived in Kolkata after 1 am on Saturday on a two-day visit to take stock of his party's affairs in West Bengal ahead of the Assembly elections slated to be held in the next few months."
Dec 19, 2020 08:48 (IST)
Trinamool rebel Suvendu Adhikari, other rebels likely to join BJP today

Home Minister Amit Shah's trip to Bengal has been preceded by a series of resignations from Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress.

At least four rebels have quit the Trinamool over the last 24 hours and one of them, Suvendu Adhikari, is likely to join the BJP in the presence of Amit Shah.
Dec 19, 2020 08:35 (IST)
Amit Shah In Bengal updates: Amit Shah arrived in Kolkata after 1 am on Saturday

In a tweet upon his arrival in Kolkata, he wrote, "I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and Syama Prasad Mookerjee."
Dec 19, 2020 08:33 (IST)

BJP leader and Union Home Minister Amit Shah is on a two-day visit to West Bengal to take stock of his party's affairs in West Bengal ahead of the Assembly elections that are likely to be held in the next few months.