BJP launches anti-corruption drive

The BJP on Tuesday launched a week-long anti-corruption drive against the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government in West Bengal, which has been struggling to combat the taint of the multi-crore Saradha scam.

The drive started with a rally here, which saw the attendance of Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and national-level leader Siddharth Nath Singh. The rally was led by state BJP president Rahul Sinha and local politicians.

“We will expose Mamata Banerjee’s government for what it really is. We are here to protest against the state government’s misconduct. The Trinamool is afraid of our growing influence and so our workers are getting attacked in different parts of Bengal,” Sinha said.

Gadkari, who congratulated the gathering of supporters for the party’s ground-breaking performance in the Jammu & Kashmir and Jharkhand Assembly polls, said: “The BJP has reached its peak under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Just like in Kashmir and Jharkhand, Bengal is supporting us from all corners.” The Union minister criticised the opposition for “doing nothing but vote-bank politics”.

BJP president Amit Shah, meanwhile, is gearing up for a yatra in West Bengal from February 1 and the party state unit is ardently doing the groundwork. The BJP, which is playing on the TMC’s turf with its eyes on the 2016 Assembly elections, has been gaining foothold in a way that the Left and the Congress have not been able to.

The saffron outfit’s rallies seem to be growing steadily and drawing an increasing number of people.

With the BJP having gained a significant vote percentage in this year’s Lok Sabha elections, senior state leaders are confident that the party is strong enough to take on the TMC in every forthcoming poll.

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