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West Bengal assembly election results: A wet blanket for BJP
At Kharagpur, campaigning for his party, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched a direct attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and had said that "Didi" has now become a "Shahenshah" who has failed to bring about change and does not care about the state.

He had referred the recent deaths due to crude bomb blasts in the state and remarked that villages of Bengal are manufacturing 'desi bombs'. "Industries have closed down but one industry is flourishing, industry to build bombs. Development, development at a fast pace and development from all sides is my 3 point agenda. If MUDRA scheme would have been initiated earlier, Saradha scam would have not happened."

From Chit Fund scam he switched to Narada News that showed several Trinamool leaders, including former unions ministers, current state ministers, and MPs allegedly taking bundles of cash. The PM had said, "First it was Saradha, now it is Narada. I was thinking that after 34 years of Left rule, Bengal's bad days will go and a 'parivartan' will come. I nursed this hope, but, today looking at what has happened in Bengal in the last five years, if it took 34 years for communists to destroy Bengal, TMC has completely finished it in five years. Bengal has suffered in 34 years of communist rule and has been ruined and has fallen into a deep pit."

"I have come to assure you that your 40 years have been wasted and give me a chance once. Give BJP a chance. I assure you that we will create a new Bengal out of what has been ruined." The Prime Minister reportedly said he was not a man who would be dejected or gets bogged down but "am a person who works with hope and confidence to change the situation in the state. I have to change Bengal and take it to newer heights."

Most probably, on April 27th 2016, addressing a public rally at Bhawanipur constituency of Bengal from where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is contesting, the BJP national president Amit Shah had said the Mamata Banerjee-led dispensation was worse than the previous Left rule.

"Five years ago people of Bengal voted for a change because it was required to end the 34 years of misrule by the Left. But after five years we see that the TMC government had been worse than the Communist rule. Now they want another change." Amit Shah had alleged that the only thing that flourished during the TMC rule was "syndicate raj", which was directly responsible for the collapse of the Vivekananda Road flyover that had killed 27 persons. He had said the Trinamool government could have cancelled the contract for building if, as they said, they were "unhappy" with the project. "The flyover didn't fall down due to wind. It collapsed because of the syndicate. All materials - cement, iron, etc are supplied by Trinamool. The flyover is a symbol of corruption."

Shah had said the TMC had changed the names of many central schemes and claimed they were being sponsored by the state government.

"Jan Dhan Yojana is being touted as a state government scheme as is the Rs 2-per-kg rice for the poor. The fact that the Centre pays a subsidy of Rs 27 a kg of rice is never spoken of. I don't know what else Mamata is but the whole country knows that she is a great painter whose work had been sold for over Rs 1 crore, likely bought by those involved in the Saradha scam ."

Urging people to vote for Netaji's grandnephew Chandra Kumar Bose, who was the BJP candidate from Bhawanipur constituency, Shah had said, "This is your opportunity to pay tribute to Netaji. Defeating the TMC in this seat can change the whole state as CM's loss at her home turf will send the required message across the state."

Then the master strategist switched over to the Infiltration issue from neighboring Bangladesh. He claimed that "Neither Trinamool nor CPM stopped infiltration of Bangladeshis to India as it is part of their agenda for creating vote bank. If the BJP forms its government here, not even one Bangladeshi can enter India (illegally). That is why we had a border agreement with Bangladesh. We want fencing in the border so that there is no infiltration."

Ahead of Shah's speech, Shri Sidharth Nath Singh, the BJP National Secretary and co-convenor for Bengal, reiterated his old 'Bhaag Mamata Bhaag', and said he has vowed to ensure that Mamata is ousted in this Assembly election. Former State BJP president and National Secretary Rahul Sinha had alleged in his speech that Mamata was not taking any action against her party leaders named in the Saradha and Narada sting cases because she would "end up in jail".

Those who are putting the lead of votes in Assam as great achievement of BJP in the latest assembly elections should note that the thumping victory of Mamata Didi in West Begal is the nemesis of all the strategies that had brought BJP victory in Assam.

Let me remind, in September 2015, India decided to allow minority refugees from Bangladesh and Pakistan to stay in this country even after expiry of their visas on humanitarian grounds. The government also issued two notifications in the Official Gazette under Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and Foreigners Act, 1946. 

There are reports that a number of Bangladeshi and Pakistani nationals belonging to minority communities in those countries, such as Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis and Buddhists, took shelter in India due to religious persecution or fear of religious persecution. They have entered into India either without any valid document, including passport and other travel document, or with valid documents, but, the validity of such document has expired.

Sufferings of human beings can't be compartmentalized between religion and faith. Succor should be provided on the basis of devastation and not on selective mode. Society in Assam has been exposed to too much divisions there. The victory was easy as fifteen years of one party rule obfuscate the priorities of values and development. It was natural to change the SARKAR. What happened in Bengal was the defeat of propaganda and ideologies.

Opening accounts in Kerala or Tamil Nadu is not a big issue to boat for a party that runs with absolute majority at the Centre.

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