KOLKATA/NEW DELHI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday hit out at Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying she doesn’t let the state get benefits from central government schemes.

The Union Home Minister and BJP leader addressed a virtual rally for West Bengal via video conference and said that the 18 seats that BJP won in Bengal were far more important that the total 303 it won across the country.

While addressing the Bangal Jan Samvaad virtual rally, Amit Shah said, “For me, the most important win was not the 303 but the 18 seats we won in Bengal in the Lok Sabha elections.”

“This is the only state where violence in politics is the only way to survive,” said Amit Shah and added, "since 2014, over 100 BJP workers lost their lives in political battle here in West Bengal. I pay my respect to their families as they've contributed to development of Sonar Bangla."

He added, “We seek your support for Modi ji and we are happy that you have done the same in Lok Sabha too. I want to make you believe that we have come here not for a political fight but we are here to strengthen the party and the culture of Bengal. We want to improve and revive the culture of Bengal.”

Amit Shah also hit out at Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee saying she doesn’t let the state get benefits from central government schemes such as the Ayushman Bharat scheme.