Bengal govt ‘anti-Hindu’, says Nadda; TMC hits back | Kolkata News

Kolkata: The BJP president has called the Trinamool Congress government “anti-Hindu”, putting on record for the first time in Bengal politics the issue of discrimination on the basis of religion. J P Nadda buttressed his argument by pointing to the “minority appeasement politics” of Trinamool, portraying Hindus as victims.
“The state government has put up blockades in the way of the Centre providing health insurance benefits to 4.75 crore people under Ayushman Bharat scheme. Farmers have been deprived of crop insurance schemes from the Centre. They have changed names of projects like Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana and Grameen Sadak Yojana while the Centre has been funding these,” Nadda said.
Trinamool’s Rajya Sabha leader Derek O’Brien refuted Nadda’s allegations. He said Trinamool had launched Swasthya Sathi scheme in 2016, two years before the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat. A total 7.5 crore people in the state benefited under Swasthya Sathi while the Centre issued 12.5 crore e-cards under Ayushman Bharat for the country, of which 4.68 crore were state cards.
Trinamool minister Partha Chatterjee, too, took on the BJP president for his claims of adopting “pro-people” policies when he said the Centre was divesting major public sector units in the country.
Nadda also evoked sentiments on the Ram Mandir bhumipujan of August 5, but with a difference in Bengal. “Ram Mandir is linked to asp-irations of crores of Indians. When the entire country was watching bhumipujan, Mamata didi imposed a lockd-own in Bengal and prevented its people from taking part in the celebrations,” he said.
“But the same government lifted the announced lockdown on July 31 on the occasion of Bakrid. We have no problem with the government calling off lockdown during Bakrid celebrations. But why was the government so firm when it came to Ram Mandir?” Nadda said, addressing the BJP state executive committee’s first meeting on Thursday.
“Anti-Hindu mindset is all pervasive in Bengal and needs to change. Trinamool is politicizing this mindset,” Nadda said and urged BJP activists to take the issue to people ahead of the 2021 Bengal assembly polls. Taking the cue, BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya termed the Trinamool regime a government for “30% of Bengal’s population”.
Nadda also called for a change in the “hobe na” (won’t happen) mindset of the state government that he said had hampered development. “Mamataji says hobe na. Ki hobe na? Sab kichhu hobe (What won’t happen? Everything will happen eventually),” he said, while setting a tall target of BJP winning 50% vote share, up 10% from the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, in order to remove development obstacles.

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