In Saradha scam, Amit Shah sees an opportunity

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Updated: Sep 8 2014, 18:57pm hrs
BJP PRESIDENT Amit Shah Sunday came down heavily on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over the multicrore Saradha chit fund scam. This (Saradha scam) will bring down the government here, he said while giving a call for a second poribartan in the 2016 Assembly elections.

Shah was addressing a rally at Bowbazzar in Kolkata for the bypoll candidate of Chowringhee seat. This is his first visit to the state after taking over the partys reins.

On Saturday, suspended Trinamool Congress MP Kunal Ghosh, who is in CBI custody in connection with the scam, delivered a blow to the Chief Minister when he had shouted out to reporters that it was Mamata Banerjee who has benefited the most from Saradha Media. Earlier, in the court, he had said he should be interrogated along with Mamata.

Taking a dig at Mamata and claiming that her associates were neck deep in the scam, Shah said: Mamata Banerjee captured the Writers Buildings during her land movement of Nandigram and Singur. She had gone on a hunger strike but she is silent when about 17 lakh people have lost their money in the Saradha scam. This is because her ministers and other leaders are involved in the scam and have benefited from it.

Charging that Mamata only indulged in appeasement of minorities, he said the Trinamool government should step down if it cannot manage the state.

People have seen through your antics. If you think you cannot bring about good governance in the state, you may step down and let us do the job. We will show you how to bring about growth and development here, just like the way we have done in other BJP-ruled states.

Shah was all praise for the Prime minister who, he said, has strengthened the country and is ushering in development in just 100 days.

He said the reverse countdown has begun for the Trinamool government. We have got only two MPs here but more impressive was the 17 per cent vote which we secured.

Raising the issue of Bangladeshi immigrants, he said: Didi is more concerned about Bangladeshi immigrants... There had been a rise in their number by 5 per cent, this is eating into the opportunities of the youth here.

Calling upon the people to vote for the BJP in the upcoming bypolls, he said it was time that people questioned the Chief Minister.

Let us begin with the bypolls, we will continue it during the municipal elections 2015, and the final would be during the Assembly elections in 2016.