'Have come to Bengal to campaign for BJP': Shah's reply to Mamata's 'outsider' jibe

The BJP chief's remarks came following the West Bengal CM's repeated allegations about him being an outsider who comes to the state to create division among the people.

Published: 15th May 2019 10:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2019 11:15 AM   |  A+A-

BJP National President Amit Shah during an election roadshow in support of party's north Kolkata seat candidate Rahul Sinha for the last phase of Lok Sabha polls in Kolkata Tuesday May 14 2019. | PTI


KOLKATA: BJP national president Amit Shah has rebutted Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's charge that he is an "outsider" in West Bengal and said he has come to the state to campaign for his party.

Shah wondered if he is called an outsider for coming to West Bengal, "which is very much a part of India", then why not Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee be labelled as an "outsider" when she visits New Delhi? The BJP leader was addressing a meet of intellectuals in the city on Tuesday.

"I am president of a national party and I am here to campaign for my party.

"I am being called an outsider for coming to West Bengal. What kind of statement is this? If a person from West Bengal goes to Mumbai or Bengaluru, will he be called an outsider? When Mamata didi goes to Delhi will she be called an outsider?" Shah asked.

Shah's remarks came following Banerjee's repeated allegations about Shah being an "outsider" who comes to the state to "create division" among the people.


"If the BJP wins the assembly polls in West Bengal, a Bengali will be the chief minister. Neither I nor Kailash Vijayvargia will be the CM," Shah said.

Vijayvargiya, who hails from Madhya Pradesh, is the BJP's national general secretary, who is in charge of the saffron party in West Bengal.

Shah also criticized a section of the media for blaming BJP workers for Tuesday's violence during his roadshow in north Kolkata.

"A section of media is presenting it in such a way as if we started the clash. The news should be that TMC goons attacked the convoy. But a section of news organisations are trying to paint it in a different way," Shah said.

BJP and TMC supporters Tuesday fought pitched battles on the streets of Kolkata during a massive roadshow by Shah, who escaped unhurt but was forced to cut short the jamboree and had to be escorted to safety by police.

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  • neel

    Mamta is a stupid lady sheltering goons and Bangladeshi terrorists
    6 days ago reply
  • Nav Rattan Singh

    Why is so peeved at Shah's visit to WB? He went there to canvass for his party and not to f her.
    6 days ago reply
  • Deepak Sharma

    Bengal belongs to India and all Indians are free to come and go to bengal. its not a private property of some selfish
    6 days ago reply
  • Vaideeswaran.m.s

    How can she call an Indian an outsider?Has she gone nuts?
    6 days ago reply
  • Raju

    Indian express a Congress paper
    7 days ago reply

    She has gone made because of jealousy and hatred. She is anti hi dus. Indians are still not liberated from their ignorance of identitfying the good from the bad elements. This is a date of this land!!
    7 days ago reply
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