Firing up the road to assembly elections in West Bengal, Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that his party will be winning more than 200 seats in the state. Shah, who is on a two day long trip to West Bengal, made the remark in Bankura district after paying reverence to tribal icon and freedom fighter Birsa Munda.
“We lost 4-5 seats by a mere 4000-5000 votes. Otherwise, with your hard work, we attained our aim of 22 seats. But today I predict, we will win over 200 seats in Bengal. Whoever wants to laugh, let them. We will win over 200 seats,” said Amit Shah at a rally in Bankura, West Bengal.
“Whoever wants to laugh, let them do so. But we will do it following our strategy with dedication,” he added.
Shah further said that he can sense anger for Mamata Banerjee while respect for Narendra Modi in Bengal. “On one hand a dangerous public anger against the Mamata Banerjee government is visible, while on the other great respect full of hope towards Mr Modi is seen for a change in Bengal under his leadership,” he said.
Exuding confidence on forming the next government with two-third majority, Shah urged the people to give BJP a chance to form the next government in the state to fulfil their dream of “Sonar Bangla” (golden Bengal).
Shah, who had played a major role in expanding the party base during his tenure as BJP national president, had set a target of winning 22 seats out of the 42 Lok Sabha in the 2019 parliamentary polls. The party had bagged 18 seats, four less than ruling TMC, with a vote share of 40.5 per cent.
Apart from holding an organisational meeting, he also met representatives of various communities and social groups at Bankura, which falls within the tribal Jangalmahal area.
It is one of the districts where BJP made deep inroads in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and bagged both the parliamentary seats there.
Reacting to Shah setting the target of 200 seats in the assembly polls, TMC leader and MP Sougata Roy said “It is laughable that a party which does not have a face in Bengal to counter the popularity of Mamata Banerjee has set a target of 200 seats. It seems he is unaware of the ground realities and is daydreaming. The BJP will be defeated”.
The saffron party after having a limited presence in the politically polarised state for decades has emerged as the main rival of the TMC in the last few years. With the BJP”s strength increasing in the state in the last few years, where it has never been in power, its leaders are upbeat that the party will end the TMC”s 10-year-long rule in the assembly polls scheduled in April-May 2021.