Smriti Irani, Union Minister and one of the BJP's star campaigners participated in a bike rally in West Bengal's Sonarpur on Friday. The Election Commission has announced that Assembly elections in Bengal will be conducted in eight phases between March 27 and April 29.
In an exclusive interview with India Today, Smriti Irani said, "Wherever the BJP is going to campaign, it is receiving the blessings of the people. This is indicative of the fact that the lotus will bloom in Bengal."
Asked about Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who is seeking re-election for her Trinamool Congress, Smriti Irani said, "There is no sense of faith in Didi anymore. To make announcements at the last minute like this, shows Didi's nervousness."— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) February 26, 2021
Smriti Irani was referring to the West Bengal government's decision to hike the wages of daily wage workers an hour before the model code of conduct (MCC) was set to kick in on Friday.
'People of Bengal waiting for BJP to come to power'
"When PM talks about 'Aashol Poriborton' [real change], he is talking about Aayushmaan Bharat, those initiatives that Mamata Banerjee kept the people of the state deprived of. As for PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, the state's farmers have stayed deprived," Smriti Irani said to India Today.
She went on to add, "From drinking water to pucca houses for the poor, to watch these dreams become reality, the people of Bengal are waiting with bated breath for the arrival of BJP in power."
Happy TMC is scrutinising my work so minutely: Smriti Irani
Asked about Mamata Banerjee's charge that she copied the Bengal CM by riding a scooty, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, "This is a childish reaction from those who consider themselves senior in politics. Is it new that I have ridden a scooty? Seems like they do not know much. I have stood with my party workers in whatever form they wanted. I am happy TMC is scrutinising my work so minutely."February 26, 2021
Smriti Irani also commented on the CBI probe involving Mamata Banerjee's nephew and TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee and his wife Rujira. "If they haven't done anything wrong, why are they fearful?" Smriti Irani said.