On Tuesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has claimed that the perception that West Bengal and BJP are ideologically differences is wrong. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, the founder of the Jana Sangh from which BJP evolved, was the big link between the two, claimed the BJP National Chief during his visit to Kolkata.

Introducing a scorching attack on the state-ruling TMC, Mr. Shah has said that “they are trying to say BJP is an outsider party, it doesn’t have anything to do with Bengal.”

BJP has been at loggerheads with TMC Government-led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. 

Mr. Shah continued, “When the entire Bengal was about to go to Pakistan, Syama Prasad Mookerjee had partition done and kept West Bengal for us. Syama Prasad Mookerjee’s movement kept West Bengal with India.”

Syama Prasad Mookerjee was also from West Bengal. He has been one of the key ideologues of BJP, has been referred much over the ruling government’s sweeping move in Jammu and Kashmir. Mr. Shah further referred to the issue saying, “By removing Article 370, we have made Kashmir an integral part of India and it was Modi Ji’s tribute to Syama Prasad Mookerjee.”

Mr. Mookerjee was among the first who asked not to offer “special status” to Jammu and Kashmir, who coined the slogan: “Ek desh mein do vidhaan, do nishaan, do pradhaan nahin chalega”, which means “In one country, there can’t two law codes, two prime ministers and two national symbols”. He has also warned that if it was done, it might lead to the Balkanisation of the nation. 

Mr. Shah said, “Syama Prasad Mookerjee was arrested for his opposition to the Kashmir situation. We are Jan Sangh, BJP wale, we don’t let anyone go.”

In 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, BJP has made huge inroads into West Bengal. 

While discussing the state’s contribution to the huge victory of BJP in the recently concluded election, the BJP Chief was quoted saying, “The people of Bengal have shown their desire for Parivartan by giving 18 seats to the BJP. I am sure in the next state polls, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, the BJP will form the government in Bengal.”

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