Kolkata: After West Bengal’s Bharatiya Janata Party president Dilip Ghosh claimed to turn Bengal into Gujarat once BJP wins Assembly polls in the state next year, TMC strongly condemned his statement.
“Biman Bose, Buddhababu have ensured that we do not become doctor, engineers but migrant labourers who seek jobs in Gujarat. So, we want to turn Bengal into Gujarat,” Ghosh said at a meeting.
Biman Bose is a member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the chairperson of the Left Front in Bengal. Buddhadeb Bhattacharya is ex-chief minister of the state from 2000 to 2011.
“Didi often accuses us of trying to turn Bengal into Gujarat.Yes, absolutely. We shall convert Bengal into Gujarat so that our children get jobs here and don’t have to go to Gujarat,” the BJP MP asserted while talking to press.
Trinamool Congress leader and Bengal minister Firhad Hakim however, didn’t take his words lightly and asked Ghosh to leave Bengal and find a place in Gujarat.
“Around 2,000 people were killed in Gujarat riots. Many like Ishrat Jahan have been killed in encounters. If we turn into Gujarat, people will fear of dying in encounters. Therefore, we don’t want to turn Bengal into Gujarat. This is Tagore’s Bengal, Nazrul’s Bengal the land of several such icons. People need to decide whether to retain Bengal’s cultural heritage instead or such riot politics from Gujarat,” contended Firhad Hakim.
Only Adanis and Ambanis have power to run industry in Gujarat, others were forced to shut down their business under BJP’s governance, he said.
“Even Nano factory has been shut there. Communal divide can never help an economy to flourish. Country’s economy has crashed so badly that we are lagging even behind Bangladesh in GDP. This is our shame. Dilip Ghosh can leave for Gujarat, we are happy here,” Hakim substantiated.