Kolkata (The Hawk): Keeping a hawk's eye to the upcoming Assembly election in the state next year, both the ruling Trinamool Congress and the BJP is leaving no stones unturned to reach out to the voters.
With BJP state president and Midnapore MP Dilip Ghosh announcing that Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP national president JP Nadda will visit the state every month till the polls, senior TMC leader and state tourism minister Bratya Basu on Friday said that the Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee will conduct 600 rallies touching all the 294 Assembly constituencies from November 22.
Addressing a press conference in the Trinamool Bhawan, Basu said that since 2011, Bengal has undergone a sea change and also that people are aware of the hard work and struggle of the Chief Minister to uplift the status of the people.
"The TMC supremo will hold 600 rallies across the state. Bengal was dominated since 1911. After the British it was dominated by non-Bengali people. Since 2011 Mamata Banerjee has worked very hard to uplift the culture of Bengal and Bengalis. The BJP outsiders entering Bengal don't know anything of Bengal. They garland the wrong statue thinking it's Birsa Munda, basically they don't know anything of this state," mentioned the tourism minister.
According to TMC sources, the rallies will cover all the 294 assembly seats, followed by leaflet distribution, public meetings and community radio campaigning about the ruling TMC's achievements in multiple languages including Nepali, Santhali (in Al Chiki script), Telugu, Bengali, English, Hindi, Rajbanshi, etc, to target various sections of society.
Taking a potshot at BJP state president over his comment on transforming Bengal into Gujarat, Basu said that there are several freedom fighters from Bengal but none can say a single name from Gujarat who have sacrificed his life for India.
"Subhash Chandra Bose, Vidyasagar, Rammohan Roy and the list is endless those sacrificed their lives for our motherland. But no one can ever point out a single name from Gujarat who has given his life for India. BJP claims that they will convert Bengal into Gujarat. Their dream will never become true. BJP is trying to kill Bengali culture," said Basu.
Countering Basu, State BJP president Dilip Ghosh said that even Gujarat has produced several freedom fighters and also claimed that BJP's founder is a Bengali for which the saffron camp can never kill Bengali culture.
"Bengali culture is all over BJP. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was a Bengali and founder of BJP. TMC is trying to manipulate people by giving false information. People of Bengal now-a-days go to Gujarat in search of jobs. We will convert Bengal into Gujarat so that people of Bengal can stay back in their state," said Ghosh.
Countering the comment Bratya raised a question to the saffron camp asking why there isn't a Bengali Brahmin at the top most post of the RSS.
"BJP says they know the culture of Bengal. BJP is run by the RSS that was established in 1925 and till date the top most post is dominated by non-Bengalis. Why isn't RSS giving that post to any Bengali," questioned Basu.
Taking further jibe at the ruling Trinamool Congress, the Midnapore MP alleged that the violence in the state has gone up by leaps and bounds under the present TMC government and also that blast at Sujapur area of Malda district where four factory workers were killed is the latest example of the TMC's violent politics.
"No matter how much the TMC tries to fool people, the people of Bengal know the violence and the atrocities of the TMC government. The BJP with full majority will form the next state government in Bengal," added the Midnapore MP.
It is pertinent to mention that according to Election Commission's statistics, in 2016, the TMC got 44.9 per cent of the total votes polled, in comparison to 39 per cent in 2011 and 39.03 per cent in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The BJP won only three. However, in the 2019 parliamentary polls, the BJP shocked the TMC by winning 18 of the state's 42 Lok Sabha seats.
In the 2016 assembly polls, the BJP's vote share was 10.2 per cent and in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections it went up to 40.3 per cent mainly because of Hindus (including Matuas and other refugees) gravitating towards the party.