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Assembly elections | BJP will win 26 of 30 seats in Bengal, 37 of 47 seats in Assam in Phase 1 polling: Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks to media persons, at his residence in New Delhi on March 28, 2021.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Union Home Minister Amit Shah claimed on March 28 that the BJP would win more than 26 seats in the first phase of Assembly elections in West Bengal. He said women from West Bengal have voted for the party in large numbers.

Polling for 30 Assembly seats n West Bengal took place on March 27.

Mr. Shah also claimed that BJP will win more than 37 out of 47 Assembly seats in Assam that went to the polls on March 27.

“First phase of polls in two States concluded yesterday. I want to thank people in both the States that they voted in favour of BJP in huge numbers. 84% polling in West Bengal and 79% polling in Assam shows the huge enthusiasm of voters. The two States were earlier known for poll violence but polling was peaceful this time. No one was killed,” Mr. Shah said at a press conference held at his residence in Delhi on March 28.

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“We will win more than 26 seats out of 30 seats polled yesterday in West Bengal, vote share will also increase. In Assam also we will win more than 37 seats. The voting pattern reflects that people want a protest-free Assam, development-prone Assam. Assam has realised the importance of double engine government,” he said.

He said West Bengal has been afflicted with appeasement politics and unfettered illegal migration. “The funds for development work was usurped by political parties, the kind of mismanagement during COVID-19 and Amphan was seen... After 27-year communist rule, it was felt that some transformation will come, however nothing changed under Didi [West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee]. Bengal can develop, without appeasement a government can run, all can get religious freedom,” he said.

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Mr. Shah said that before the polls, there was fear among BJP workers that polling will be disrupted and they will be attacked but the Election Commission of India (ECI) ensured peaceful elections.

“First time that an election has been conducted without death, bomb or bullet being fired. Women in Bengal have voted in large numbers for BJP. We will cross more than 200 seats. In Assam also we will on more seats than we have now,” he said.

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He said no polling agent of Trinamool Congress had complained of mismanagement at polling booths.

When asked about the high-voltage contest at Nandigram between Ms. Banerjee and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari, Mr. Shah said, “Nothing special about Nandigram, it is just a seat for us, but if Nandigram does it then transformation will come. The maa maati maanush (TMC slogan) promises have been proved hollow,” he said.

“Not everything is to be made public,” Mr. Shah said when asked about his meeting with Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Sharad Pawar on March 27 in Ahmedabad. The meeting was held at the residence of industrialist Gautam Adani.

He dismissed questions about Ms. Banerjee's statement that Prime Minister Narendra Modi campaigned for Bengal elections during his official trip in Bangladesh. "Did PM talk about corruption in Bangladesh yesterday, why are you asking what Mamata Banerjee is saying?" Mr. Shah remarked.

Mr. Shah said that the media should raise how the phones of two BJP leaders were tapped in West Bengal and their conversations leaked.

“Till yesterday, Chatradhar Mahato was free, elections concluded yesterday,” he said when asked about the timing of TMC leader Mahato’s arrest by National Investigation Agency (NIA) on Sunday.

He said the Kerala Government's move to register a case against Enforcement Directorate officials was a “face saving exercise” as the Principal Secretary of the State government had been arrested in a gold smuggling case.

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