‘Outsider’ Shah questions silence of ‘Bengal’s daughter’ on woman’s death | India News – Times of India


NANDIGRAM: The big fight in Nandigram finally turned into a battle between Union home minister Amit Shah and CM Mamata Banerjee on the last day of the high-octane campaign on Tuesday when “outsider” Shah threw a direct challenge to “Banglar meye” over her silence on the death of another “Banglar meye”, octogenarian Shova Majumdar.
Majumdar died in a Kolkata hospital on Monday, a month after she was thrashed by suspected Trinamool miscreants.
“People do not want all this. They want jobs. They want entrepreneurship to flourish. They look for the days when people will live in peace and amity. They want development of all and appeasement of none. They look for strong steps against ghuspetiyas (infiltrators) and want citizenship for refugees,” Shah said.
BJP supporters raised Jai Shri Ram slogans when Shah, standing in a vehicle with BJP’s Nandigram candidate Suvendu Adhikari by his side, crossed Reyapara Boropool on the Hijli tidal canal connecting the two Nandigram blocks — I and II.
Answering questions on BJP’s strategy on Nandigram’s poll day on April 1, he said, “There is no need for strategy. The huge gathering amply speaks of the public support we have. We are going to win by a huge margin.”
The Union minister ended his roadshow at Shiv Mandir in Nandigram block II, from where the Bengal CM began her campaign. It took 30 minutes for Shah to complete the less-than-half-kilometre roadshow. BJP supporters took selfies and roared while Shah showered flower petals on them. Some wished the roadshow had been longer. “There would have been more people if it was held in the morning,” said a BJP supporter, walking in the sweltering noon heat.
The rally, however, didn’t venture into Nandigram block I, the prime seat of the Nandigram land stir of 2007. Both Shah and CM Banerjee gave a miss to villages in block I for reasons best known to them. Reyapara Boropool, which Shah crossed to reach Nandigram block II, stood a witness to the difference in mood at either ends, with Nandigram I steeped in silence and Nandigram II a hub of activities.
According to a local, people in Nandigram I were “scared” and largely stayed away from rallies. “You won’t see party flags in Nandigram I because people there don’t want to be identified with a party fearing repercussions after polls,” the resident said.
The underlying tension became evident when Suvendu said the other day that a section in Nandigram I was trying to turn that block into a “mini-Pakistan”, with a tacit indication of the Muslim population there.
The Bengal CM, on the other hand, warned BJP “pandas” against fuelling sentiments in Nandigram.



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