With the West Bengal Assembly elections around the corner political parties in the eastern state have ramped up their efforts to sway voters. BJP president JP Nadda is presently campaigning in the state, and on Wednesday arrived at the Hariatara village ground in Kharagpur to attend the party's 'Cha Chakra' program.
Assembly polls are likely to be held in West Bengal in April-May this year.
Hitting out at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the ruling Trinamool Congress, he said that "Kamal" was the way ahead if development was to be brought to West Bengal.
"Recently, Modi Ji dedicated Rs 4700 cr for refinery project, Rs 25,000 crore for highways. All this development will be possible only when Mamata Ji leaves and lotus blooms," he was quoted as saying.
In recent days, a slew of top BJP leaders have visited the state. Since January, Prime Minister Modi has also made two official visits to Bengal, inaugurating new projects in the state and hitting out at the administration. On Sunday for example, he alleged that under the Mamata Banerjee-led government the state had seen the "rebirth of communism".
"(Prime Minister) Modiji has tried everything possible to bring development in Bengal while Mamata has exploited the public through appeasement and dictatorship, and damaged Bengal's culture. Development in West Bengal will be possible only if you say goodbye to Mamata's government and welcome the BJP's lotus," Nadda said while attending the party's 'Cha Chakra' programme in the Kharagpur district on Wednesday.
(With inputs from agencies)