SINGUR: Union House Minister Amit Shah held a vibrant roadshow right here on Wednesday, as soon as a sizzling spot of the anti-land acquisition motion, and promised fast industrialisation of the realm if BJP is voted to energy.
The symbolism of the house minister holding a roadshow in Singur, three days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a rally there and alleged the “obstructionist mindset” of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee disadvantaged West Bengal of industries and jobs, was clear–the BJP desires to nook her over the state’s dwindling industrial base and alleged job loss.
Lustily cheered by crowds, Shah stood atop a adorned automobile with BJP candidate for the Singur seat Rabindranath Bhattacharya, who just lately joined the saffron celebration after leaving the Trinamool Congress, and smilingly waved at folks standing by the roadside and on terraces and balconies.
Chatting with reporters in the course of the present, Shah mentioned Singur, which has been shunned by trade because the 2006 agitation, might be developed by the subsequent BJP authorities within the state.
“We’ll develop the realm by establishing industries and a Rs 500 crore intervention fund has been introduced for potatoes, for which the realm is thought, in our Sankalp Patra (manifesto),” he mentioned.
Shah mentioned, after profitable the elections, the BJP authorities will be sure that small, medium and huge industries are arrange in Singur, located beside the nationwide freeway connecting Kolkata and New Delhi.
“We’ll pursue politics of improvement, dialogue and cooperation, as a substitute of confrontation,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he welcomed TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee for invoking Hindu Gods and Goddesses, and for reciting Chandi Path (hymns to Goddess Durga) at public conferences, however quipped it was “too late for her”.
“The BJP will win Bengal elections with greater than 200 seats within the kitty,” he mentioned.
West Bengal has 294 meeting seats.
Banerjee, usually accused by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and different BJP leaders of minority appeasement, has been frequently chanting hymns and asserting her Hindu id to maintain the bulk group in good humour.
The roadshow meandered by way of the roads of Singur city for practically an hour from Dulepara extra to Singur police station, as vibrant posters, BJP flags and inexperienced and saffron balloons dotted route.
Chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and slogans demanding industrialisation and jobs pervaded the air because the procession crawled by way of streets.
Donning a saffron-coloured turban, the 89-year-old Bhattacharya, a four-time TMC MLA from Singur earlier than he left the celebration on being denied a ticket, waved on the crowd standing alongside Shah.
Bhattacharya’s induction and nomination had brought on loads of resentment amongst BJP old-timers in Singur.
Shah is scheduled to carry three extra roadshows within the state, together with one in Kolkata, on Wednesday.
Referring to the Singur motion of 2006-08 that compelled Tata Motors to maneuver out its proposed small automobile Nano’s mom manufacturing unit from there, Modi had advised an election assembly that the TMC used the place for political function after which left the folks to fend for themselves.
Singur, a small city in Hooghly district, has an previous connection between Banerjee and Modi.
The scene of an aggressive motion led by Banerjee in opposition to forcible land acquisition by the then Left Entrance authorities for the ‘Nano’ mission, Singur, together with Nandigram, had catapulted the road fighter TMC chief to energy in West Bengal in 2011.
The sustained, and sometimes violent, protests by the native farming group led by Banerjee compelled the Tatas to maneuver out of Singur.
A cryptic ‘Suswagatam’ SMS from Modi, then the Gujarat chief minister, to Ratan Tata, the group chairman, is alleged to have clinched the deal in Gujarat’s favour and led to the relocation of the mission to Sanand close to Ahmedabad.
Many thought-about it as West Bengal’s loss and Gujarat’s acquire.