While addressing the NRC-Jagaran Abhiyan in Kolkata on Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has attributed the 303-seats mammoth Lok Sabha victory of BJP to the state of West Bengal. He said, "it was because of West Bengal that BJP could cross the 300 seat mark in the Lok Sabha elections of 2019". Shah thanked the people of West Bengal for supporting the party for their Lok Sabha win. BJP has won 18 seats in West Bengal during the 2019 general elections, a staggering rise from a mere 2 seats in 2014.
"The government has been formed under Narendra Modi’s leadership for the second time; BJP for the first time has crossed the figure of 300 seats, it is the great state of West Bengal that has led the party to massive 300 plus seat victory. BJP wouldn't have achieved the 300 plus seat mark, had the state of West Bengal not supported us," the Home Minister said.
Shah further declared that BJP will form its government in West Bengal in the next elections under the leadership of Narendra Modi. This was Shah's first visit to West Bengal since he assumed the office of the Union Home Minister earlier this year. The seminar is significant as it was held at a time when there have been 11 deaths in the state allegedly due to panic over the implementation of NRC in West Bengal.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, expressing her strong dissent, had declared that she will not allow NRC in West Bengal and had also accused BJP of spreading panic among the citizens of the state. Shah, in his address, called out Mamata Banerjee for misleading the people over the NRC bill while assuring them that the government will not force any refugee out of the country.