Amit Shah Promises 'Sonar Bangla', Mamata Counters With 'Secular Bangla'

Wrapping up his three-day visit to West Bengal with the launch of mission 'Ebar Bangla' (This time Bengal) on Thursday, BJP President Amit Shah raked religious issues like Saraswati Puja and immersion of Durga idols.

Shah said soon BJP will come to power in the state and people will be free to observe festivals like Saraswati Puja and Durga Puja the way they want. "No one will have to approach the court to seek permission for the immersion of Durga idols," he said.

During a visit to Bharatiya Jan Sangh founder Shyama Prasad Mookerjee's residence at Bhawanipur, which also happens to be state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's home turf, in South Kolkata, Shah said, "Bengal under TMC's rule became a poverty stricken state. But I promise, if we form government in Bengal, this place will be known for development like other BJP-ruled states, including Maharashtra and Gujarat."

"Our target is to provide jobs to youths in this state. We want to reclaim Bengal's lost glory. I promise we will do it, if voted to power. I would like to assure you that once again people will start calling it Sonar Bangla," he said. "In 2019, no one can stop lotus from blooming here."

Reacting to Shah's attack on TMC, Mamata Banerjee said, "Those who respect religion, do not sell it out on the streets. At any cost we will not allow any communal riots in Bengal."

Speaking to media in Alipurduar, she said, "BJP and CPM indulge in hooliganism. We do not support that. I would like to tell babus of Delhi that Bengal is not scared of their intimidation. This is the land of culture and education, and we respect all religions."

When asked to respond on Shah's aggressive mass political campaign in Bengal, Mamata said, "They are spreading lies. These Delhi babus are here to mislead the people of Bengal. They are in a hurry to capture power in Bengal."

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