BJP president Amit Shah addressed a massive rally at Malda in West Bengal, soon after he recovered from swine flu. Though his doctors had advised him to take rest and not to be a part of public meetings but he went ahead with the election campaign sidelining the advice given by the doctors. Shah has triggered off his campaign of upcoming Lok Sabha elections and this rally would initiate a series of many such rallies by him in the state.
This rally has been organized soon after Mamta Banerjee organized a mahagathbandhan program in West Bengal a few days ago. Shah attacked the mahagathbandhan calling it a union of selfish and opportunist politicians and claimed that it will not work at all.
Shah than targeted Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee, saying that the funds given by center to the state are being misused by Mamta and her supporters. Previously, Mamta had not given permission to Amit Shah to have a rath yatra. Shah also said that Mamta is scared of him and feels that insecure, if she won’t let him land his helicopter in West Bengal, he will speak from the helicopter itself.
BJP is planning to contest in 25 parliamentary seats out of 42 in West Bengal. Currently, BJP has only 2 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal – Asansol and Darjeeling. TMC (Trinamool Congress) wants to win as many seats as possible in the state, since there is no other state where this party has a significant presence.
Though TMC has managed to dominate Malda now, this border district in North Bengal had been a Congress stronghold for decades and was dominated by political figure A.B.A Ghani Khan Chowdhury.