If not for CRPF, I wouldn't have come back alive, says Amit Shah on Kolkata violence

File photo: Amit Shah addressing a press conference. (Image source: @BJP4India) Photograph:( Others )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 15, 2019, 11.44 AM (IST)

BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday during a press conference said that TMC is fully responsible for the violence in West Bengal during the polls. 

Shah said that the Trinamool Congress has alleged that the BJP was responsible for poll violence. 

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"But why does poll violence occur only in Bengal. TMC contests polls on 42 seats, but BJP contests poll all across the nation. We are pitted against Congress and many other parties but why do reports of violence only pour in from West Bengal," Shah said.  

"Violence didn't take place in 6 phases of elections anywhere but Bengal which proves that TMC is responsible for it," Shah added.

BJP national president Amit Shah said, "Our popularity in Kolkata and Bengal has given Mamata didi the jitters that is why she has resorted to extreme measures." 

Amit Shah said that when his party has lost 60 cadres in the political violence in the state, an attack on him was not unexpected. He said, "If it weren't for the team of CRPF deployed in my security, I might not have come back alive from the violence."

"I have toured West Bengal and the entire country. I am convinced that BJP will win more than 300 seats. Mamata Banerjee should know that we are not scared of FIR filed against me," he added.

Amit Shah's remarks came following violence during his roadshow in Kolkata and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee's repeated allegations about Shah being an "outsider" who comes to the state to "create division" among the people.

(With inputs from agencies)