BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya today told the press his party plans to hold five rath yatra processions across election-bound Bengal to “expose” the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government and the “mafia” that allegedly exists in the state. The BJP politician accused the ruling TMC of being involved in widespread corruption, orchestrating violence, not allowing the union government’s benefits to reach the poor, and allowing various gangs to thrive in West Bengal.
Vijayvargiya said that these rath yatra processions would deliver the message of BJP’s “vow to free the state from such menaces”. He said that the detailed planning of the processions was in the making and that his party wished to carry out these processions in all assembly constituencies.
One of the processions will be held in north Bengal. “We wish to hold rath yatras in all assembly seats. We will inform the people about the manner in which Mamata Banerjee’s government indulges in corruption, violence, not allowing the Narendra Modi government’s welfare schemes to reach the poor. To make Bengal free of the mafias in coal, alcohol, sand, fake currency, gold sector, the BJP will hold rath yatras,” Vijayvargiya said.
Further, the BJP politician in charge of his party’s West Bengal campaign said that the party cadre would participate in the processions in large numbers and that some ministers of the union government could be part of the yatras as well. The BJP leader, however, said that a comprehensive plan was still in the making, the details of which would be made public soon.
The BJP national general secretary hoped the Mamata Banerjee government would grant permission for the rath yatras. He warned it of public wrath if permission for the processions were to be denied.
“The state government has learned a lesson that they would suffer if permission is not granted. We hope to proceed with the rath yatras after taking due permission. We hope permission is granted for helicopters for our leaders to land in West Bengal”, he added.
Mamata Banerjee’s party recently witnessed exits of heavyweight leader Suvendu Adhikari, along with 6 MLAs, 1 MP, and 16 other TMC politicians who switched to the BJP and its political campaign. Subsequently, two brothers of Adhikari joined the BJP while his father was removed from a post he held in the TMC.
West Bengal, where Mamata holds the fort with 222 seats, will go to the polls in April-May 2021.