‘Never seen any CM use such words’: Amit Shah’s sharp attack on Mamata Banerjee for doubting central forces
Kolkata: Union Home Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party leader Amit Shah on Friday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for questioning the integrity of central forces as far as election campaigning in the state is concerned.Shah said Mamata's outbursts against central forces highlight the ruling Trinamool Congress’s frustration over an impending defeat in the West Bengal Assembly Election.The Home Minister wondered if the West Bengal Chief Minister was trying to create anarchy by questioning the central forces.“I have never seen a CM or party chief use the words which Mamata Banerjee is using against central forces. Is she trying to create anarchy?” Shah asked.Mamata had alleged that central forces (CAPFs) were trying to intimidate voters in the state at the behest of the BJP.The Union Home Minister said central forces are not under his ministry control but function on the orders of the Election Commission during polls.Shah said Mamata had appealed for minority unity during the ongoing elections which shows that minority votes are slipping away from the TMC’s control.“The way TMC has appealed to minority voters to come together and vote for the TMC shows that their minority vote bank is also slipping away,” the BJP leader said in Kolkata.The people of West Bengal are peeved about Mamata Banerjee's failure to check infiltration, protests against the CAA and appeasement politics, he added.“In the three phases, the BJP has got unprecedented support from the people of Bengal. As per our estimation, BJP will win between 63 to 68 seats in the three phases,” the Home Minister said further, talking about the voter turnout and pattern in the three phases of elections that have been held so far.“Sonar Bangla Abhiyan will begin from Kolkata. Kolkata will remain the 'City of Joy' and we will also work to transform it into 'City of Future'. We will make Rs 22,000 crore Kolkata Development Fund for infrastructural strengthening,” he added.Elections in West Bengal are being held in eight phases and the results will be declared on May 2.