“Only BJP has given us all the respect”, says family of freedom fighter Khudiram Bose

Home Minister Amit Shah, who arrived in Kolkata on a two-day visit a couple of days ago, took stock of the situation in the State ahead of the State Assembly elections due next year. Shah visited West Bengal to campaign for the assembly elections 20201.

Shah’s visit came at a time when a string of top leaders of the All India Trinamool Congress (AITMC) have resigned from the party. There are reports and widespread speculations stating that the rebel TMC leaders including Suvendu Adhikari are likely to meet the Home Minister to join the BJP today.

After reaching Kolkata, Amit Shah visited the Ramakrishna Ashram where he paid tribute to the Swami Vivekananda. Shah said that Ashram is the place where Swami Vivekananda connected modernity and spirituality. He said that he hoped to walk on the path shown by him.

The Home Minister then went to pay homage to revolutionary Khudiram Bose in his village in Paschim Midnapore. He also met Bose’s family and felicitated them. Remembering Bose’s sacrifice Shah expressed gratitude for having the good fortune of visiting his village.

Shah’s visit came as a surprise to Khudiram Bose’s family and the family was humbled by his visit. Gopal Das, a member of Bose’s family said that they never received such respect from any previous government including the ruling TMC government.

Das said that he would tell the Home Minister that no development work has been carried out in Bose’s village. He said that he would highlight the problem of unemployment.

Shah also visited the Siddheswari temple in Midnapore and offered prayers there. Shah had lunch at the house of a farmer in Midnapore. Amid the ongoing protests against the farm laws, the Home Minister’s gesture of visiting a farmer’s house is possibly intended to send out a positive message to farmers across the country.

Home Minister’s visit to West Bengal is likely to create a major political upheaval in the State ahead of the State Assembly elections. Several top TMC leaders have already got off the ship and are rumoured to join the BJP.

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