Kolkata, Apr 27: On the last day of his three-day tour of Bengal, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah assured the people of this eastern state a Gujarat-like development once his party comes to the power.
Shah was addressing a press conference at Bhowanipore constituency in Kolkata on Wednesday.
Describing Bengal as the most ‘poverty-affected state’ in the country he said Bengal will flourish under the BJP rule.
Winding up his three-day tour of the state Shah said that he addressed booth-level meetings of party activists in Kolkata and met people from cross sections of the society.
Taking a dig at the TMC government the BJP chief alleged that the Mamta Government has adopted a policy of appeasement to garner minority votes. It was surprising that people had to approach the court to seek permission for immersion of Durga idols and celebrate Saraswati Puja.
The BJP president assured the people that in the BJP rule no one would have to approach the court for such things. They will have full freedom to enjoy and celebrate their religious and social festivals, he added.
Asserting that the BJP was eying Bengal as next target, he said party workers in the stata have coined a slogan “Ebar Bangla” (This time, Bengal), to inspire party workers and people.
“I witnessed massive enthusiasm among the people during my visit and I am sure that the BJP will win (elections) in Bengal,” he added.
Shah said the BJP wanted a government in the state which would provide employment, check cross-border infiltration and build a “Sonar Bangla”.
“Only the BJP under (Narendra) Modi's leadership can provide such a government. No one else can,” he claimed, adding, “Bengal will flourish like Maharashtra and Gujarat.”
The BJP chief also accused the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government of unleashing atrocities on the people in a way "never seen since Independence".
Earlier, the BJP chief visited three houses at Gouranganagar, on the outskirts of the city, as part of a mass contact program aimed at expanding the saffron party's base in the state.
The residents greeted him by blowing conch shells and offered him sweets.
Shah had on Wednesday visited a slum in Banerjee's Bhowanipore Assembly constituency.
On the first day of his visit, he'd had a meal at a Dalit home at Naxalbari in north Bengal.
The BJP chief on Thursday also paid a visit to Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee's residence at Bhowanipore in the city.