New Delhi, Aug 13: Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee on Monday sent a legal notice to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah for his alleged defamatory statements and insinuations in a public rally in Kolkata on August 11. During a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) rally in the state capital, Amit Shah had alleged that the Centre’s aid of Rs 3.59 lakh crores to the state ended up with Abhishek (Mamata Banerjee‘s nephew) and syndicates.

“The Centre has given Rs 3.59 lakh crores to the state but the amount did not reach the grassroots and ended up with bhatija and syndicates,” he had said. The BJP chief had also attacked the Mamata Banerjee-led government and urged the gathering to uproot it if they want to see development in the state. As he accused the TMC of being involved in a series of corruption cases, besides destroying the law and order situation in the state, Shah said that the BJP alone can bring progress in Bengal.

“Ever since the Trinamool Congress government came to power in Bengal — seven years ago, there has been a series of corruption cases starting from the Narada scandal, Saradha and Rose Valley ponzi scams… syndicates and the unlawful activities of cattle mafias and coal mafias…it is necessary to bring the Narendra Modi-led BJP in power here. I ask all of you to uproot this Trinamool Congress government and throw it away,” he had said.

Hours later, the Trinamool Congress demanded an apology from Amit Shah within 72 hours else he would be liable for a legal action. Speaking at a press conference, TMC spokesperson Derek O’Brien said that Amit Shah’s meeting was a flop show and he insulted the state today.

“Amit Shah has insulted, disrespected Bengal today. He does not understand Bengal and its people. He has no knowledge of its tradition and culture. We are a healthy culture and he has insulted our culture too. All that he said was blatant lies. He must apologise within 72 hours. We are giving him time till Sunday, else we will take legal action against him,” Derek O’Brien said.