Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda on Wednesday lashed out at Mamata Banerjee over rising intolerance under her rule in West Bengal. Addressing the party workers in Kolkata, Nadda exuded confidence that the saffron party will dethrone the Trinamool Congress in the 2021 Assembly elections and form the government with a comfortable majority.
Nadda said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee byword for intolerance. He said that while the BJP runs party through its offices, other parties run from homes.
"For us party is family, for some like TMC family is party," he said.
"We will dethrone the Mamata Banerjee government and lotus will bloom in the 2021 elections," he said, adding that the BJP will win over 200 seats and form the government in the eastern state.
Earlier today, Nadda arrived in Kolkata to a rousing welcome. Scores of party workers gathered at the airport here to receive Nadda who is on a two-day visit to the poll-bound state.
During his stay here, Nadda will review the preparations of the party for the April-May 2021 Assembly elections and launch a door-to-door campaign. He will also participate in various programmes aimed at strengthening the party organisation.
As per the itinerary, Nadda will inaugurate an election management room at BJP's office. He would also virtually unveil party offices in nine districts of the state, party sources told PTI.
According to a statement by BJP national media incharge Anil Baluni, Nadda will participate in various programmes to strengthen the party's base in the eastern state.
Nadda will also participate in the party's various community-wise outreach programmes under the 'Aar Noi Anyay' (no more injustice) campaign, which is part of the BJP's strategy to counter the alleged hegemony and gunda raj of the ruling TMC in the state. The BJP president will also meet representatives from slum communities and discuss various issues concerning them, the party said.
On Thursday, he will be visiting Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha constituency, which is the bastion of local MP and Banerjee's nephew, Abhishek, a senior party leader said. "At Diamond Harbour, he is scheduled to hold meetings with the fishermen community of the state. He will also meet the district leadership and is likely to address a press conference," the leader said.
The BJP president is undertaking a 120-day tour of the country to strengthen the party organisation. He commenced his national tour from Uttarakhand on December 4, the party said.
The BJP, after having a limited presence in politically polarised Bengal for decades, has emerged as the main rival of the ruling TMC in the 2019 general election, winning 18 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. With the saffron party growing from strength to strength in the state over the last few years, its leaders are upbeat that they will be able to put an end to Banerjee's 10-year rule.