BJP, Tri­namool Set to Lock Horns in Basirhat

BJP’s Shamik Bhat­tacharya pitched against TMC’s Dipendu Biswas The per­son whom you elected 17 months ago left no stone un­turned to bring fil­tered drink­ing wa­ter

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dipped to 37.18% .

Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi too re­alised the im­por­tance of the seat. And he was quick enough to an­nounce cit­i­zen­ship for Hindu refugees in the re­gion. This was fol­lowed by a no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the Union Home Min­istry­inSeptem­ber,2015.Thede­ci­sion was of course taken keep­ing the Ben­gal and As­sam elec­tions in mind. Th­ese two states have max­i­mum num­ber of Hindu refugees set­tling in the bor­der­ing ar­eas.

Since Septem­ber, Modi and Union Home Min­is­ter, Ra­j­nath Singh, have in sev­eral pub­lic meet­ings main­tained that the cen­tre is com­mit­ted to the cause of grant­ing cit­i­zen­ship to those who left Bangladesh due to re­li­gious per­se­cu­tion.

ThePrimeMin­is­ter­in­fact­made­the case stronger for Bhat­tacharya on April 21. He said Bhat­tacharya is the only MLA from Ben­gal who lit­er­ally ran from pil­lar-to-post in Delhi to bring de­vel­op­ment projects in Basirhat. “The per­son whom you elected 17 months ago left no stone un­turned to bring fil­tered drink­ing wa­ter here. You had an MLA for last 38 years. There was three rail­ways min­is­ter fromy­ourstate.And­now,youhavean MP of the rul­ing Tri­namool. But did you get a rail track in last four decades? Af­ter you elected Shamik, the track lay­ing work started. I prom­ise you to bring de­vel­op­ment here,” said Modi ad­dress­ing a rally in Basirhat.

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