SHAH'S VISIT

Shah starts Bengal tour with criticism toward party workers

amit-shah-visit BJP president Amit Shah visiting the ancestral home of Swami Vivekananda at Bidhan Sarani in Kolkata | Salil Bera

BJP National President Amit Shah today began his three-day visit to West Bengal. At the party meeting, he started from where he had left the last time.

When BJP leaders raised the issue of Trinamool Congress' atrocitites at the meeting, Shah stopped them.

“I am fed up of hearing all these time and again. I think I have not come to hear these from you. I would like to know how much organisation you have created in the state,” Shah told BJP leaders.

A senior leader termed him extremely disturbed seeing the complaints lodged by other leaders. To the ones, who said atrocities made by Trinamool Congress was halting the progress of the party in Bengal, Shah asked, “How many times have you resisted the attack by Trinamool Congress? Did you ever resist?”

The BJP president said that in politics any political party would stop resisting you when there would be a counterattack on them. “And you will be able to attack only when you have organisation,” said Shah.

Shah assessed the party’s preparation in Bengal for 2019 election. He said BJP was on a winning spree.

“But we have not touched the zenith. We will not be able to do that unless we win in West Bengal. Our prime target would now be to win the election in West Bengal,” a leader quoted him as saying.

Shah was to address a citizen’s meet in Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor stadium that was canceled as the state government did not give permission to the BJP.

He would visit party workers’ houses and talk to them after holding a meeting with the senior leadership of the state. A business chamber in Kolkata has invited Shah to attend its meet. This is for the first time that so many senior businessmen and industrialists in Kolkata have been invited to this meet. These industrialists has so far pledged their allegiance to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. It remains to be seen how many of them would accept the invitation and turn up.

Shah woud also sit with party leaders and take stock of the situation of each of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

“He would look into how much organisation has been done to each of the constituencies and what work needs to be done. In each constituency, one central leader has been deputed by him to strengthen the organisation,” said a state general secretary of the party.

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