West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Wednesday said that she will not allow her state to be turned into Gujarat. Hitting back at BJP over its ‘development’ remarks, Banerjee once again referred to BJP as ‘outsiders’ and said that ‘no division’ will be allowed in West Bengal.
“The soil of Bengal is the source of life. We have to protect this soil. We have to take pride in this. There is no one who can come from outside and say this place will be turned into Gujarat,” she said at an event in Kolkata.
“Our message is that we are for all… Humanity is for all whether he is a Sikh, Jain, Muslim or a Christian. We don’t allow any division among them”, she said.
When Shah slammed Banerjee for her ‘outsiders’ reference to BJP
Over the weekend, Home Minister Amit Shah attacked the West Bengal government and said that the Gujarat model of development will be implemented in West Bengal if BJP returned to power in the eastern state.
During his two-day visit to the poll-bound state, Shah had also slammed Banerjee for her references to BJP as ‘the party of outsiders’ and said that the next chief minister of West Bengal will be a son-of-the-soil.
“I think Mamata di has forgotten a few things. When Mamata di was in Congress, did she call Indira Gandhi an outsider? Did she use the term for then Prime Minister P V Narashima Rao or Pranab Da?” Shah had asked.
West Bengal goes to polls next year. From being non-existent in the state, the BJP rose to become a significant political force in the state when it bagged 18 of the 42 seats it contested on in 2019 general elections.
Source: Times Now