Prime Minister Narendra Modi finally launched his West Bengal Assembly election campaign today officially. He started by attacking Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and convincing a “Sonar Bangla” (Golden Bengal) if the BJP wins. He chastised the state government for apparently disappointing those who had placed high hopes in it.
“Bengal trusted Didi for Pariborton. She broke the trust,” he said at a massive Kolkata rally…The dream of ‘Sonar Bangla‘ will be fulfilled. Today, I have come here today to assure you of Bengal’s development, to increase investment here, to protect Bengal’s culture, and to bring change,” Prime Minister Modi said at the city’s Brigade Parade Ground.
“I have come here to make you believe in ‘Asol Poribortan‘, believe in Bengal’s development, in changing Bengal’s situation, in increasing investment and industries in Bengal, and in the reconstruction of Bengal,” he said.
“The people of Bengal had chosen you as ‘Didi‘, but then why did you remain the aunt of a nephew? The people of Bengal are asking only this one question from you,” he asked, hinting at the alleged stranglehold of Abhishek Banerjee, the Chief Minister’s nephew, over matters in the state.
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“You are well aware of the condition of ‘Maa, Manush, Maati‘. Mothers are being attacked on streets and in their houses. Recently, the cruelty unleashed on an 80-year-old mother has shown their cruel face to the entire country,” Modi said.
He then moved on to the ruling party’s new hit, “Khela hobe,” which translates to “let’s play.” The Prime Minister attempted to use the phrase to suggest that the Trinamool’s “game” is now over, and urged people to vote for the BJP.
“Tolabaazi, syndicate, commission cut! You have done so many scams that a ‘Corruption Olympics’ game can be organised. You have played with the hard-earned money of the people and their lives,” PM Modi said.
PM also made a dig at her for switching her constituency from Bhowanipur to Nandigram now. The Prime Minister also pointed to Ms Banerjee’s recent scooter ride in protest of rising fuel prices.
“Your (Mamata Banerjee’s) scooty took a turn towards Nandigram instead of going to Bhawanipore. Didi, I wish everyone well and don’t want anyone hurt. But what can I do if the scooty is destined to fall in Nandigram?” he said.
“You’ve pushed Bengal towards separation instead of development, and, thus, the lotus is blooming. You’ve divided people on religious lines, and thus the lotus is blooming,” Modi said referring to his party’s symbol.