NEW DELHI, May 15: Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh said today that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under its National President Amit Shah has broken the Bengal “barrier” and this is precisely something which the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and its leader Mamata Banerjee are unable to reconcile with.
Speaking to media today after the conclusion of the Party’s silent protest at Jantar Mantar against the violent attack on Amit Shah’s road show at Kolkata yesterday, Dr Jitendra Singh said, the BJP’s silent protest this morning was a reiteration of the Party’s commitment to save democracy in Bengal and to liberate it from intimidation and oppression unleashed by Mamata Banerjee. He said, a healthy democracy cannot thrive in an atmosphere of intimidation and BJP is committed to restore true democracy in every part of India, including Bengal.
Recalling the experience of North East, Dr Jitendra Singh referred to the State of Tripura where people had voluntarily come out in large numbers to get rid of nearly a quarter century of Marxist regime and replaced it with a BJP Government, and said that in Bengal too the era of hegemony under Mamata Banerjee is soon going to meet its end in the hands of BJP. The uncalled for violent attack by TMC activists yesterday, he said, is indicative of Mamata Banerjee having conceded the defeat even before the election results are out.
When asked about the BJP delegation’s meeting with the Election Commission last night, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed that he was part of the party delegation comprising senior leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Nirmala Seetharaman, Arun Singh, GVL Narasimha Rao and Anil Baluni who put across the Party’s view on the Bengal issue before the Chief Election Commissioner and his team.
The delegation sought Election Commission’s immediate and effective intervention so that the State administrative machinery was not allowed to be misused to influence the electoral process.