BJP chief Amit Shah in a free-wheeling interview with Republic Bharat's Editor-In-Chief Arnab Goswami spoke about BJP's work at the grassroot level in West Bengal on the many issues faced by the people in the state.
He expanded on the many ills in the Mamata Banerjee-led state as well as the political fight with the ruling party TMC in the state.
"I am a person who works at the grassroot levels. In Bengal, we have been working since 2016. We have worked to take BJP to every booth. We have felt dictatorship in Bengal and lost lives of 80 party workers. We have struggled against it. We've opposed the fact that Urdu language is being forced on people instead of Bengali. We have felt the pain of banning 'Saraswati puja' in the state. We have identified the pain of not getting permission to perform the 'Durga puja'. We have seen the opposition to 'Ram Navami procession. We have identified the syndicates of cement, coal and other things in the state. People have to pay tax to these syndicates to obtain these commodities in Bengal. We know the unemployment in the state after shutting down of one factory after the other. I know the concern of a Bengali because of the changing demography of the state due to infiltration. Based on all of these issues, Bharatiya Janata Party has struggled for 5 years. Today, we are at a point where people are standing with faith in us. Leave alone Modi ji, you can see the number of people in our rallies. In my rally or any other BJP leader's rally," he said.
He also spoke about the huge support the party is receiving despite the many obstacles being put forth by TMC. He said that his party will win a "minimum of 23 seats" in West Bengal.
"Narendra Modi's rallies are grand. People turn up in huge numbers. Despite their efforts to halt buses, not giving electricity, denying permission to helicopters or rallies, setting up of mics in adjacent grounds to disrupt the continuity and disturb the consistency of the speech, switching off mics for 1.5 months and not letting any of our election work progress, people of Bengal have decided to stand by Bharatiya Janata Party and Modi and will teach a lesson to Didi," he said.