The Gujarat chief minister greeted the supporters for the upcoming New Year and asked them to work so hard till the next New Year that the people of the state were compelled to hear what the BJP had to say in West Bengal. The party currently has no MLA in the state and just one MP in the form of Jaswant Singh.
He encouraged the party workers, saying a day will come when their hard work will pay off and the people of Bengal will attach more importance to the saffron party over the political power houses in the state. The Trinamool Congress (TMC), Left Front and the Congress are the main political players in the state.
Modi addressed the party supporters at Mahajati Sadan, a venue which was fixed after the state government refused to make a bigger Netaji Indoor Stadium available for the occasion.
Although the state BJP criticised the TMC government for not allowing to organise the programme at Netaji Indoor, the Gujarat CM never said a word against the state government led by Mamata Banerjee. Rather, in the preceding speech before the state's industry captains, Modi was seen wooing Banerjee and trying to win over her in a common tirade against the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre.
Modi said earlier as a party worker, it was his duty to expamd the party's base and strengthen its organisation acroiss the nation but after taking over as the Gujarat chief minister, he has to spend more time in looking after his own state. He said still whenever he gets time to attend party workers ' meets in his own state, he asks his supporters not to look down upon other political parties for all parties have equal rights in a democracy.
According to party sources, it was a message for Banerjee who is often found targetting her opposition in the state. Coincidentally, it was on Tuesday when the state witnessed a violent retaliation by the TMC against the Left supporters after SFI protesters attacked Banerjee and some of her ministers in Delhi when they had gone to meet the Planning Commission authorities over the death of a young Left leader in police custody in Kolkata.
The SFI supporters expressed had their anger against Banerjee for she had refused to acknowledge the youth leader had died in police brutality and also termed it as a small and petty matter.
BJP workers also believed that Modi's statement was a reaction to the Banerjee administration's refusal to allow the Netaji Indoor Stadium to host the party meeting. Many BJP workers were seen standing outside Tuesday's venue because of scarcity of space, said a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika.