Agency Dum Dum: Barely hours before the EC-curtailed campaigning ended in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tore into TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee’s criticism of the poll body saying had it not ensured free and fair polls she would have never been able to oust the Left and be the chief minister. Modi also criticised Banerjee for her comments labelling BJP leaders in the state as “outsiders” and said Bengal is a part of the country and not her personal fiefdom. Bringing down the curtains on BJP’s high voltage campaigning in the state, he said the recent statements by opposition leaders giving up their claim for prime ministership is a reflection that they had already accepted defeat. “Didi is abusing the EC and central forces today. But there was a time when during the Left rule, she used to demand central forces. Had the EC and the central forces not conducted free and fair polls, she would have never been the chief minister of Bengal,” Modi said at a poll rally at Dum Dum here. Hitting out at Banerjee for labelling the BJP leaders in the state as “outsiders”, Modi said she has problems with people coming from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar but “welcomes infiltrators with open arms”. “Didi should not forget that if people have come from Bihar and UP then they are contributing towards Bengal’s growth. She has problems with their coming but she welcomes infiltrators. Bengal is not the personal fiefdom of Didi and her nephew (TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee),” Modi said. Mocking Banerjee’s reported aspiration of becoming the next prime minister, he said she may very well “dream” of it but should not make any comment which affects the morale of the armed forces. Meanwhile Modi also said his government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by “TMC goondas”. Lashing out at Mamata Banerjee, the prime minister said he was going for a rally in Dum Dum later in the day but was not sure if the West Bengal Chief Minister will allow his helicopter to land. “We have been witnessing the attitude of didi for long and now the country is also seeing it. Dedicated to the vision of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, our government will install a panchdhatu (made up of five metals) statue at the very spot and give a reply to TMC goondas,” he said while addressing a poll rally here.
“The statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was broken by TMC goondas during the road show of BJP President Amit Shah. Those involved in this act should be given strong punishment,” the prime minister said.
Kolkata witnessed wide-spread violence during BJP president Shah’s massive road show on Tuesday. A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised during the violence.
Modi charged that “anarchy” was spread by TMC workers during his earlier meetings in West Midnapore and Thakurnagar.
“In Cooch Behar in Bengal where a dais was to be set up for my rally, didi got a grand dais made for her party. I have been seeing this attitude of didi since long but now the country is seeing it,” he said.
“I have a rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if didi allows it. If she has her way she will not allow the helicopter to land, Modi said.
Hitting back at BSP supremo Mayawati, who had attacked him over violence in West Bengal, Modi said, “The manner in which the West Bengal government has been targeting UPiites, Biharis and those from Purvanchal, I thought behenji will give a befitting reply but she is more concerned about power”.
Lashing out at the SP-BSP alliance, he said those raising “Modi-hatao slogans are today frustrated.Uttar Pradesh has made their arithmetic all wrong and so their abuses have increased”.
“Actually the country has come to know the truth of these mahamilavatis…they all know that Modi hatao was just a slogan but actually their aim is to hide their corruption,” he said, adding they somehow want a ‘khichdi’ and weak government which can be “blackmailed” as per their needs.
“SP-BSP have made an opportunistic alliance. They have struck a deal at the top but on the ground their workers are still attacking each other,” he said.
“They are mistaken in thinking that SP and BSP votes will be transferred.They take some castes as their slaves,” he said, adding it appears they did not understood situation in 2014, 2017 polls but will now understand in 2019 that castes should not be treated as slave.
In the name of castes they gained power and used it for making bungalows and make their relatives ‘crorepatis’ and ‘arabpatis’, he charged.
“Be it bua or babua they have distanced themsleves from people, created a tall wall of ‘darbaris’ and yes men that they cannot see the ‘sukh dukh’ of the poor,” he said.
While accusing the Opposition of creating hurdles in freeing Muslim daughters of the curse of triple talaq, he said, “Your sewak wants to empower daughters”.
He said ‘mahamilawatis’ have fielded a candidate from Ghosi seat who is a rape accused and absconder.
The history of Samajwadi Party, the prime minister said, is known by the people of UP “but behenji, will you seek votes for such a candidate. All know what was the situation of betis during the Samajwadi Party rule but behenji your stand on the rape of a dalit daughter in Alwar has brought your behaviour also under question”.
The government in Rajasthan is being run with the support of behenji but it tried to keep the rape incident hidden in view of elections… this attitude of behenji shows that for selfish interest anyone can be betrayed, he said.
Stressing that his government was committed to security of women, Modi said it was his government which brought death penalty in rape cases and pressing the button on lotus will mean death penalty for rapists.
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