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Thursday, 06 May 2021 6.54 PM IST

BJP will win more than 200 seats in West Bengal; to retain power in Assam, says Amit Shah


NEW DELHI: Thanking the voters of Assam and West Bengal, Home Minister Amit Shah said high voter turnout shows enthusiasm in people and claimed that the saffron party will win 37 seats out of 40 in Assam. ‌

Over 84 per cent turnout in West Bengal proves that people of the state want change, he added.

“The first phase of voting for West Bengal and Assam concluded yesterday. I want to thank the people of both States for voting for us. Voter turnout shows enthusiasm in people,” he said.

'BJP will form government in West Bengal with more than 200 seats'

He also said that both the states were known for political violence but this time no one died during polling in the first phase and thanked the Election Commission for the successful completion of phase 1 polls.

"Yesterday, after many years, the polling process was held without any incident of violence in West Bengal. I want to thank the women of West Bengal for polling in favour of the BJP. BJP will form government in West Bengal with more than 200 seats," he added.

When asked how we ascertained if BJP will win in Bengal, Shah said he came to this conclusion after holding discussions with booth-level workers and party leaders.

"I can say out of 30 seats in West Bengal we will win more than 26 seats. We have got clear indications that BJP will win more than 37 seats out of 47 seats in Assam," he added.

Everything can't be made public: Shah on reports of meeting with Sharad Pawar.

When asked about reports of his meeting with NCP supremo Sharad Pawar in Ahmedabad, Shah said, "everything can't be made public."

The first phase of the West Bengal Assembly elections concluded with an estimated 79.79 per cent voter turnout on Saturday.

In the first phase, 30 seats covering all assembly constituencies from the districts of Purulia and Jhargram and a segment of Bankura, Purba Medinipur, and Paschim Medinipur went to polls to decide on the electoral fate of 191 candidates, including 21 women.

Among the five districts in the state, Purba Medinipur recorded the highest voter turnout with 82.42 per cent till the end of voting time. Meanwhile, Purulia recorded the lowest voter turnout with 77.13 per cent, as per the Election Commission.

Who tapped phone call?: Shah on Bengal BJP leaders’ conversation

Shah also asked how the phone call between two BJP leaders in Bengal -- which has triggered a fresh political storm -- became public.

“Two BJP leaders were discussing over a phone call the demands made for transfer (of officers). These demands were made in writing. There is nothing secret in this. The question which needs to be raised is that who tapped the phone call,” he questioned.

The ruling Trinamool Congress yesterday released the alleged phone conversation between two BJP leaders -- Shishir Bajoria and Mukul Roy.

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