Launching a fresh attack at Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, BJP chief J.P. Nadda on Saturday said that people of the state will bid ‘ta-ta’ to her and TMC after Assembly elections.
Nadda, who arrived in Kolkata on Friday night for a two-day visit, also hit out at Banerjee for not allowing PM Kisan scheme in West Bengal to “satisfy her ego”.
“Mamata didi has done injustice to the farmers here. She in her stubbornness, ego and arrogance, did not roll out PM’s Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana in West Bengal. This has kept over 70 lakh farmers deprived of its benefit,” the BJP chief said at a rally in Malda.
“When around 25 lakh people urged the Centre, then Mamata ji said I will also implement Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana. Mamata ji, elections are around the corner, what’s the point of repenting when the damage has already been done?” he said.
BJP president Nadda standing atop a decorated lorry with state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh and others, he showered supporters with petals and waved at the large number of people gathered along the 1-km stretch between Foara More and Rabindranath Tagore’s statue in Malda.
People also watched the procession from rooftops and balconies and were seen shooting videos with their mobile phones.
The streets were lined with BJP’s flags and buntings as the cavalcade inched its way through the narrow and crowded streets. Waving party flags, BJP supporters shouted “Jai Shri Ram”, “Narendra Modi Zindabad” and “J P Nadda Zindabad”.
The BJP national President visited several areas in the eastern state, sharing updates via his Twitter handle. He visited the Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture prior to the road show, and is slated to visit the Sri Sri Gouranga Janmashan Ashram before kickstarting the Poribartan Yatra from the Chatir Math ground.
“Visited Central Institute for Subtropical Horticulture in Malda, West Bengal. We are committed to double the farmer’s income by developing infrastructure & providing integrated support to our farmers,” Nadda tweeted.
Nadda to launch BJP’s ‘Rath Yatra’
In the afternoon, Nadda is scheduled to launch the party’s ‘Rath Yatra’ in the poll-bound state in a bid to woo voters ahead of the Assembly elections.
The ‘Parivartan Yatra’ will begin from Nabadwip in Nadia district, the birthplace of 15th century saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, according to sources in the saffron camp.
Several top leaders of the BJP, including Union Home Minister Amit Shah, are expected to visit the state to inaugurate five proposed yatras later this month, PTI reported.
The party has planned to launch similar yatras from Coochbehar, Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas, Jhargram and Tarapith in Birbhum between February 6 and 11. However, the state government has asked the BJP to seek permission from local district administrations before holding the yatra.