Mamata blocking benefits from Centre, says Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters,in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Accusing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal of stopping benefits from the Centre from reaching the people of the State, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said people would remove the party from power in the next Assembly election.

“We want to send money to the farmers but we do not have the list of beneficiaries. There should be a limit to politics. The entire country, including Arvind Kejriwal, has accepted the Ayushman Bharat scheme, but Mamataji is still opposing it,” Mr. Shah said at a virtual rally for supporters in West Bengal.

Launched the BJP’s “election campaign”, the senior party leader said the Centre was willing to transfer ₹6,000 under the Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi to each farmer within two days after getting the list of beneficiaries from the State.

“We are ready to fight politically with you, why are you dragging farmers into this,” he said, addressing the TMC.

Referring to remarks made by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that the Centre was welcome to take matters in their own hands if they felt that the Bengal government was unable to handle the situation, Mr. Shah said that Ms. Banerjee’s wishes would be fulfilled soon.

“We have sent ₹11,000 crore directly to the people of Bengal, and Mamataji is offering political sarcasm. The people of Bengal are soon going to fulfil her wishes as the BJP will form the next government in the State,” the Union Home Minister said.

‘Migrants insulted’

Mr. Shah’s virtual address, which comes amid the COVID-19 pandemic and within weeks of the severe cyclone Amphan, mentioned several issues relating to Bengal politics, including the return of migrant workers, political violence and corruption.

The former BJP president accused the Chief Minister of disrespecting migrants by calling the Shramik Express trains ‘Corona Express’ and added that migrants would not forget this “insult” and would “ensure your exit from the State”.

“U.P. received 1,700 trains, Bihar 1,500. I was stunned when Mamata Didi called Shramik Special trains coming to Bengal Corona Express. You insulted the migrants, [and] now this Corona Express will lead you to your exit from the State,” Mr. Shah said.

There were murmurs of discontent in the Bengal BJP camp as some leaders complained that only a “selected few were invited for Mr Shah’s virtual rally.”

All rhetoric: TMC

Mr Shah’s speech evoked a strong rebuttal from the Trinamool Congress. Senior party leaders took to Twitter and also held a virtual press conference to respond to his allegations.

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee said the speech of @AmitShah Ji “was all rhetoric and no substance”.

“Nonetheless since he has talked about his dream of seeing ‘EXIT’ of TMC, I would like to ask him one more time — When are the Chinese EXITING our territory?” Mr. Banerjee posted on social media.

The TMC’s official Twitter handle said it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee “who restored statue of Vidya Sagar, vandalised by his [Amit Shah] men in front of his own eyes”.

Addressing an online press conference State Finance Minister Amit Mitra asked why money was not given to migrants directly during the lockdown. Former Railway Minister and TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi said the Chief Minister had sought the return of migrants and written to Chief Ministers of 18 States as early as March.

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