Amit Shah feels President-rule demand for Bengal is “justified”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has said that the law and order situation in West Bengal is worrying and the demand by his party leaders for President’s rule in the state is justified. He was speaking in response to a question during an interview on  CNN-News18 and used the word “wajib” (just).

Shah said that the Centre would view the situation and take a decision. He said that the situation in Bengal is serious, and the party leaders who are demanding it are justified in doing so from their positions. From the Central government’s point of view, he added, the situation is being viewed and the report of the governor is being taken into account.

Following Shah’s comment, political leaders have been discussing in private its significance so close to the Assembly elections, scheduled in West Bengal in 2021. Many feel, that being in power at the Centre, BJP leaders are making such comments in order to build up a political atmosphere against the Mamata Banerjee government. In the opposition in Bengal, the BJP is fighting 2021 to try to wrest power from the Trinamool Congress, and these comments would give the BJP leverage that would benefit them in the elections ahead.

During the same interview, Shah claimed that the BJP would form the next government in Bengal. He said the law and order situation is poor, relief operations after Amphan were not carried out properly, foodgrains sent by the Centre were not distributed properly, the pandemic was not fought well, infiltration has gone on and there are bomb making factories in every district. He said that people in the state want to get rid of the Trinamool Congress government. Asked about projecting a chief minister face, Shah said, “that too can happen.”

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