Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Shah will be there for Bengal always: Adhikari

- Agencies

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator and West Bengal leader of opposition Suvendu Adhikari met Union home minister Amit Shah on Tuesday and discussed various matters pertaining to the state.

“Met the Honourable Union Home Minister @Amitshah Ji. Discussed on several matters and sought blessings for Bengal. Honourable HM assured, he was and he will be there for Bengal always,” Adhikari tweeted on Tuesday with an image of him and the home minister.

“Shri @Suvenduwb ji called on Union Home Minister Shri @Amitshah ji,” Amit Shah’s office tweeted after the meeting.

Adhikari, who was a former minister of the previous Mamata Banerjee-led government in Bengal, joined hands with the BJP in the 2021 assembly elections.

Nandigram, the assembly seat saw a ferocious battle between him and his former colleague Banerjee, who contested from the same constituen­cy.

Adhikari defeated the now chief minister in the assembly election with a close margin.

Last week, the BJP MLA submitted a representa­tion on the post-election violence in the state to Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar. His meeting with the Union home minister is also expected to have included discussion­s around alleged violence against BJP workers in the state.

The BJP has accused the ruling party in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress (TMC), of unleashing violence on the BJP workers and said many have died as a result. The TMC has denied all allegation­s.

Adhikari is also scheduled to meet several Union ministers and BJP leaders later on Tuesday, reported a news agency, citing people familiar with the matter.

He is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, as per a news agency report.

Adhikari’s visit to New Delhi comes days after the Cyclone Yaas review meeting controvers­y after which the chief secretary of the state, Alapan Bandhopadh­ay, resigned. Mamata Banerjee later appointed him as her chief advisor.

 ?? PTI ?? Home Minister Amit Shah (left) during a meeting with West Bengal leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari.
PTI Home Minister Amit Shah (left) during a meeting with West Bengal leader of Opposition Suvendu Adhikari.

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