West Bengal Election 2021: Amit Shah creates controversy with ‘outsider’ comment

Ajeyo Basu

LAST UPDATED: April 24, 2021, 3:18 p.m.

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly called BJP leaders ‘outsiders’ during the high voltage campaign for the West Bengal Election 2021.

Replying to this, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at a public meeting at Harirampur in South Dinajpur that he was not an outsider, but that the vote bank with which Mamata Banerjee wanted to rule West Bengal are outsiders and intruders. 

“The vote bank of the infiltrators is external. You want to rule West Bengal by relying on them,” Amit Shah said. 

Despite the Election Commission’s strict directive on coronavirus, Amit Shah did not have a mask on his face during the meeting. It could be seen hanging from his chin almost all the time while on stage.

Amit Shah’s comment has created a new controversy. 

Ambrish Sarkar, president of the Youth Trinamool Congress in South Dinajpur, said, “Amit Shah has insulted the people of West Bengal by saying this. At the same time, they have hinted at the NRC’s plan to expel the Bengalis.” 

At the same time, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) said that the control of the border is in the hands of the central government. Amit Shah himself is the minister of that department. Therefore, according to Amit Shah’s complaint, if the intrusion occurs through the border, Amit Shah himself cannot avoid his responsibility. 

In response, BJP MP from Balurghat Sukant Majumder said, “It has not been possible to fence the entire border of West Bengal yet due to non-cooperation of the West Bengal government.” 

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“The local administration of the state as well as the center has a role to play in preventing infiltration. The infiltration cannot be stopped due to the negligence of this state and local administration,” he added.

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