BJP chief Amit Shah today vowed that he will go to all districts of the state to uproot the Trinamool Congress (TMC) from West Bengal. In his first visit to the state since the release of Assam’s draft National Register of Citizens (NRC), launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while addressing a rally in Kolkata.
Accusing Mamata as “protecting” illegal immigrants, he asked that her party should clarify its stance on the issue. He asserted that illegal infiltration should be stopped in order for West Bengal to develop. “You can oppose us as much as you want, but we will not stall the process of NRC. Neither Mamata or Congress chief Rahul Gandhi can stop the BJP from doing it,” he declared.
Stating that the infiltration is on in West Bengal under TMC rule, Shah said, “NRC is only way to stop it. We will complete NRC process and identify all infiltrators.” The BJP chief said that for his party, country first comes, before vote bank. “Oppose us as much as you want but we will not stall the process of NRC,” he added.
Accusing that the Bangladeshi infiltrators were a vote bank of the previous Communist government, he alleged that now, they had become a vote bank of the TMC. Lamenting that both Mamata and Rahul Gandhi of indulging in “vote-bank politics”, Shah said, “Rahul Gandhi and Mamata di should clarify whether national security is important for them or vote bank. For the BJP, the country comes first.”