In Photo: BJP president Amit Shah during a visit to Ramkrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan in Kolkata on Wednesday to see an ailing Swami Atmasthanandji Maharaj. Photo courtesy @RahulSinhaBJP
By Newsmen Bureau
Kolkata, 12 August: AFTER a lull for about two months, BJP today once again went vocal on the multi-crore Saradha scam issue to corner the Trinamool Congress government in Bengal with none other than the party president Amit Shah leading the charge.
Incidentally this happened on a day when Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi placing the demand for a financial package for rehabilitation and restoration of damages caused by the recent floods in Bengal.
Asked by scribes in Delhi to react to the pointed charge made by Mr Shah, Miss Banerjee offered nothing more than an indirect snub aimed at the saffron party chief. “There are several block and state leaders in Bengal. You (media) please approach them for a reaction on this,” she said, maintaining that she was in Delhi “to talk development and not politics”.
Earlier during the day, the BJP president, speaking at a session organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce at a Kolkata hotel, said: “If people’s money goes into Saradha instead of industry, if there are bombs blasts every day and people live in apprehension, then there can be no development.”
Rating as “extremely disappointing” the performance of the Trinamool “government that came to power following a call for parivartan (change)”, Mr Shah pointed out that “there is an atmosphere of terror prevailing in Bengal and industrialists are not feeling confident to invest here. Such an ambient and image will not help Bengal to achieve growth.”
He reminded that “development cannot be done through schemes and Central aid alone” and negated the Trinamool Congress charge that Bengal was being discriminated vis-à-vis financial assistance from the Cenre. He cited 14th Finance Commission, coal block auction and GST data to back his argument.
Referring to the on-going logjam in Parliament, the BJP president said that “what is happening in Parliament is very unfortunate.”