Amit Shah Says BJP Will Not Ally With Mamata Banerjee Or The Left

29/03/2016 3:50 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - FEBRUARY 15: BJP President Amit Shah addresses the media on Jawaharlal Nehru University row at BJP Headquarters on February 15, 2016 in New Delhi, India. Slamming Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for lending support to Jawaharlal Nehru University students who eulogised the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, BJP President Amit Shah on Monday sought an apology from Gandhi for supporting 'anti-nationals and separatists'. He demanded an immediate apology from Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for supporting anti-India protests at JNU. JNU has been on the boil over the arrest of its students’ Union President Kanhaiya Kumar on sedition charges after some students organised a meet to mark the anniversaries of executions of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

KOLKATA -- Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah on Tuesday lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and said that they will neither forge an alliance with the Leftists nor with Banerjee's Trinamool Congress at any cost while putting all speculations to rest on coalition between the BJP and the ruling party in West Bengal.

"We will never go either with Communists or Mamata Didi because we do not support infiltration, corruption and fear," Shah said in a media gathering at the Kolkata Press Club.

Taking a swipe at the ruling party of West Bengal, Shah said from Sharada to Narada, everywhere there is corruption.

"West Bengal used to contribute to 25% of country's GDP but Congress & Left have brought that figure down. There have been no changes in Bengal. The Chit Fund scam hit around 17 lakh families, the Communist Party and the Trinamool must give an answer to this," he added.

The party president also alleged that only violence had gained momentum during Mamata's rule in West Bengal with no growth in the industrial sector.

"Factories were installed in Bengal during Mamata ji's tenure but they were bomb factories, not industries. Place where there was resonance of art today all we hear is bomb blasts," he added.

Earlier, there have been series of allegations from both Congress and the Left Front over Prime Minister Modi's 'go slow' policy in CBI's probe into Saradha scam, which had alleged involvement of the ruling party leaders.

Meanwhile, today is the last day of filing nominations for 56 Assembly segments falling under Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, North and South Dinajpur, Malda and Birbhum districts in West Benagl.

Votes will be cast on 17 April under the phase-2 voting schedule.

Until yesterday, over 130 nominations were filed for these seats. Scrutiny of the nominations will be done tomorrow.

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