The war of words between BJP national president Amit Shah and Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has escalated further.
Speaking at a programme in Alipurduar on Thursday, Mamata shot back at Shah's claim of "Ebar Bangla" (Bengal this time) by saying that they are not being able to control Delhi and Gujarat and they are dreaming of Bengal.
As Amit Shah's wrapped up his three-day Bengal visit, he attacked Mamata saying that under the Trinamool Congress' rule, West Bengal had become the "most poverty-stricken state" in the country.
While Mamata is not in the state headquarters Nabanna, she has deputed her trusted lieutenants to meet the media and counter the allegations being heaped on her party and the government.
On her part, Banerjee is leaving no stone unturned to warn BJP that any attempt to disturb the state would be disastrous. "Jo humse taakraega, woh chur-chur ho jayega," she said. She is even converting all the administrative programmes into political rallies, devoting major part of her address in BJP bashing and giving rebuttals to Amit Shah.
On Wednesday after Amit Shah visited Mamata Banerjee's constituency Bhowanipore, Trinamool Congress took out a procession shouting, "Modi hataao, desh banchao."
TMC COUNTERS ALL ALLEGATIONS LEVELLED BY BJP
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra was also asked to issue a press release negating all the allegations Shah had made earlier in the day. The press release countered all the points Shah had raised to show that the last six years of Trinamool Congress government had left the people disillusioned. According to Shah, West Bengal's share in GDP growth was 25 per cent during Independence, but it had come down to 4 per cent at present. Mitra rebutted, saying that the GDP had doubled from 4.61 lakh crore to 9.20 lakh crore.
Shah's other claims on agriculture, industry and power were rubbished.
Shah has finished his three-day tour of Bengal and left the state. But the BJP supporters, who got a wind on their sail on the occasion of Shah's visit, were once again feeling forsaken. They are scared of the aftermath, in fact, the people hosting Shah had publicly demanded protection from Trinamool Congress party men.
The Trinamool Congress' procession, winding through Chief minister's constituency, also ensured that there was no space for alternative politics.