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West Bengal: Amit Shah gives big shock to TMC chief Mamata Banerjee as Shuvendu Adhikari joins BJP

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Kolkata: Union Home Minister Amit Shah has given a big shock to the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) on the first day of his two-day West Bengal tour.

Formal Trinamool Congress (TMC) Shuvendu Adhikari formally joined the BJP in a rally organized at the College Ground in West Medinipur district. Shuvendu Adhikari had resigned from the TMC a few days ago.

The high-profile Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader had resigned from the Mamata Banerjee cabinet on November 27 and had resigned as MLA then on December 16.

Paying floral tributes to the revolutionary martyr Khudiram Bose at Medinipur, 150 km from Kolkata, the Home Minister said that the youth of the country may not always have the chance to die for the nation like Bose, but they have the chance to live and follow.

Speaking to the media, Shah said, “Those who do dirty politics, I remind them that Khudiram Bose was as much of Bengal as he was in the rest of the country. Pandit Ramprasad Bismil’s has as much relation with Bengal as with UP.”

His remarks were aimed at the Trinamool Congress’s attempt to portray the BJP as a party of “outsiders”, which has no place in West Bengal.

Earlier, Home Minister Amit Shah, Dilip Ghosh and party’s West Bengal in-charge Kailash Vijayvargiya along with BJP leaders from Bengal had lunch at a farmer’s house in Belijuri village in West Medinapur district.

Amit Shah reached Medinipur in the afternoon by helicopter from Kolkata. He offered prayers at Siddheshwari Kali Temple and later in the town’s Goddess Mahamaya Temple.

The Home Minister started his day in the state capital at around 10.30 am at the Ramakrishna Ashram of Swami Vivekananda, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa and Sarvada Devi.

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