Kolkata: BJP president Amit Shah has alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and the syndicates run by the Trinamool have misappropriated the development funds allotted to Bengal by the Centre under the 14th Finance Commission.
“The UPA government, with which Mamata Banerjee maintained a sweet-sour relationship, had allotted Rs 1,32,000-crore to Bengal under the 13th Finance Commission. But our NDA government allotted as much as Rs 3,59,000-crore under 14th Finance Commission.”
“But the funds have not reached the grass root. Bhatije (nephew) and syndicates have eaten up most of it,” the BJP president said addressing a BJP youth wing rally at Esplanade in Kolkata today afternoon.
Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee happens to be a Lok Sabha MP and is considered her heir apparent in Trinamool. As of now, he is the president of Trinamool’s youth wing.
During his speech, Shah referred to corruption by Abhishek twice, albeit without naming him directly. While listing out the scams allegedly carried out by Trinamool since 2011, apart from Saradha and Narada scams, the BJP president also spoke of bhatije ka vrastachar (corruption by the nephew).
This apart, Shah today took a dig on Mamata Banerjee for opposing the update of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam and accused her of misleading people.
“NRC is a process to identify and drive out infiltrators. Let Mamata Banerjee and Rahul Gandhi oppose, we will complete the NRC in Assam within the legal framework. Mamata-Ji is opposing NRC because Bangladeshi infiltrators are her vote bank,” he said.
The BJP president said that BJP will carry out a similar exercise in Bengal if elected to power.
“But let me assure all refugees that they will not be sent back. BJP government has tabled Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 that guarantees shelter to religious minorities persecuted in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Will Trinamool support the bill in the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha?” Shah asked.
The BJP president also warned Mamata Banerjee not to meddle with the immersion of Durga Idols as she had been doing for the last three years and not to prohibit the holding of Saraswati Puja in schools. “Mamata-Ji don’t try to meddle in the matter this time. Else, BJP workers from all over Bengal will lay siege to your government secretariat,” he warned to the applause of a few thousand BJP workers who gathered to listen to him.