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.
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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.
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"
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.
- 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
Watch | "The economic condition of #Bengal is in a very bad state. If the state has to be salvaged, its reins need to be handed over to PM Modi": Suvendu Adhikari, after joining BJP pic.twitter.com/ocjBqWiuPZ- NDTV (@ndtv) December 19, 2020
- 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.
Paid floral tributes to Khudiram Bose, an epitome of valour and courage, who at a very young age sacrificed himself for the cause of India's Independence.- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 19, 2020
His life stands as an inspiration for us to do all that it takes to preserve our freedom and democracy. pic.twitter.com/Xr8UFhPhkJ
BJP has given us some bit of reverence. No previous government has ever afforded us such regard. Not even Trinamool Congress," says Gopal Basu, a family member of Khudiram Bose https://t.co/gxuxbRtwQMpic.twitter.com/S27RKFdIgy- ANI (@ANI) December 19, 2020
Had the profound fortune of spending time at the Ramakrishna Mission & pay tributes to Swami Vivekananda ji. He was a great son of Mother India who devoted his life to National Resurgence. May his ideals continue to inspire us to transform India into a land of enlightened wisdom. pic.twitter.com/8dJCjiLPot- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 19, 2020
"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.
Reached Kolkata!- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 18, 2020
I bow to this revered land of greats like Gurudev Tagore, Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar & Syama Prasad Mookerjee.
কবিগুরু রবীন্দ্রনাথ ঠাকুর, ঈশ্বরচন্দ্র বিদ্যাসাগর এবং শ্যামাপ্রসাদ মুখোপাধ্যায়ের মত মহামানবের এই পুণ্য ভূমিকে আমি শতকোটি প্রণাম জানাই pic.twitter.com/rEGSjc87Rk