‘Frustrated at poor turnout’ in rallies, Amit Shah hatching conspiracy to harass us: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee also wondered whether the Election Commission has lost its independence, and alleged that the poll panel is working as per Shah's instructions.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused Home Minister Amit Shah of hatching a conspiracy to attack TMC leaders ahead of the assembly elections in the state. Banerjee claimed that Shah is getting “frustrated” by “poor turnout” at his rallies and alleged that the BJP is plotting conspiracies to kill her as her security director Vivek Sahay was removed by the Election Commission after she sustained injuries last week in Purba Medinipur’s Nandigram.

“Amit Shah is getting frustrated as there is a poor turnout at his rallies. Instead of running the country, he is sitting in Kolkata and hatching a conspiracy to harass TMC leaders. What do they want? Do they want to kill me? Do they think that they will win this election by killing me? They are wrong,” she said while addressing a rally in Mejia.

Hitting out at the Centre for the rising fuel prices, Banerjee asked the Modi government to make LPG available free of cost. “If we can distribute food free of cost, if we can make sasthyasathi free of cost, then, why cannot we make gas free. Why you are not minimising the price of petrol and diesel?” said Banerjee.

Banerjee also wondered whether the Election Commission has lost its independence, and alleged that the poll panel is working as per Shah’s instructions.

“Is Amit Shah running the EC? He is giving instructions to the EC. What happened to their independence? My director, security (Vivek Sahay) was removed (by EC) as per his instructions,” she alleged.

Banerjee claimed Shah, who came back to Kolkata last night from Guwahati and held a series of meetings with the BJP’s state leaders, was “hatching conspiracy as he has understood after witnessing poor turnout at his rallies that the saffron party is still miles away from winning the assembly elections”.

(With PTI inputs)

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