Modi rally in West Bengal Highlights: Opportunity to vote out TMC’s gun and bomb culture, says PM in Kolkata

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Updated:Apr 03, 2019 5:40:52 pm

PM Modi Bengal rallies: Addressing a rally in Kolkata, PM Modi slammed the Congress and Trinamool Congress over their appeasement politics. Modi accused the Congress of breaking the morale of armed forces by asking for proof of air strikes.

Modi rally in West Bengak todayIn Kolkata, PM Modi slammed both Congress and Trinamool for raising questions over surgical strike and air strike.

PM Modi Rally in West Bengal: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday came down hard on both the Congress and Trinamool Congress over their appeasement politics. Addressing an election rally in Kolkata, PM Modi described Congress’ manifesto as ‘dhakosla patra’ which he said will expire on May 23, the date when Lok Sabha election counting will be held.

Earlier, speaking in Siliguri, PM Modi said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is acting as a speed breaker in the path of development of the state.

“‘Didi’ (Mamata Banerjee) speed breaker in the path of West Bengal’s development,” PM Modi said in a rally at Siliguri. “Speedbreaker Didi has not allowed people of Bengal to benefit from Ayushman Bharat scheme,” PTI quoted Modi as saying.

“I am waiting for this speed breaker to go so development can gather speed,” Modi said.

Modi also lashed out at the Congress party’s manifesto over promising reviewing of AFSPA that shields security forces from terrorists.

Earlier while addressing an election rally in Arunachal Pradesh’s Pasighat, Modi said that while one side there is a strong government which is committed to take the country to new heights, the other side is full of leaders who are only busy in spreading negativity and lies.

Modi said that his government wants to make Arunachal Pradesh and entire northeast gateway of East Asia.

“For new Arunachal Pradesh, our vision, is connectivity, resources and respect,” he said.

From Arunachal Pradesh, Modi traveled to West Bengal to address two election rallies. The first rally was held in north Bengal’s Siliguri and the second one at Kolkata’s iconic Brigade Parade Ground. PM Modi has so far addressed three rallies on Mamata Banerjee’s turf — in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, in Dalit Matua community-dominated Thakurnagar in the North 24 Parganas and in West Bardhaman district’s industrial city Durgapur.

The Prime Minister’s rallies in Banerjee’s bastion is likely to give a big push to the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign for the Lok Sabha election in the state where it is looking for 22-plus seats. The eastern state has 42 parliamentary seats where polling will be held in seven different phases between April 11 and May 19.

In 2014, the Trinamool Congress-led by Banerjee had won 34 seats. The BJP and Left had won two seats each while the Left pocketed four seats.

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15:00 (IST)03 Apr 2019
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"However, till 2014 around 18,000 houses were unelectrified... Just like them (the Congress), their manifesto is corrupt and full of lies. Therefore, it should be called hypocrisy document, not a manifesto," PTI quoted Modi as saying.

14:38 (IST)03 Apr 2019
Congress and its allies sympathising with Pakistan: PM Modi

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'They (the Congress) want our defence forces to be helpless...their hands and feet tied,' Modi said and accused the Congress and its allies of sympathising with Pakistan.

14:34 (IST)03 Apr 2019
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14:08 (IST)03 Apr 2019
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14:06 (IST)03 Apr 2019
PM Modi slams Mamata over Balakot operation

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12:22 (IST)03 Apr 2019
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11:30 (IST)03 Apr 2019
PM Modi says Congress manifesto full of lies

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11:28 (IST)03 Apr 2019
PM Modi on electrification of Arunachal

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11:24 (IST)03 Apr 2019
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10:59 (IST)03 Apr 2019
PM Modi says election is between promises and intentions

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10:56 (IST)03 Apr 2019
Opposition spreaing lies: PM Modi

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10:44 (IST)03 Apr 2019
PM Modi addresses rally in Pasighat of Arunachal Pradesh

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07:48 (IST)03 Apr 2019
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07:43 (IST)03 Apr 2019
PM Modi to address rallies in West Bengal

PM Narendra Modi will address election rallies in Siliguri and Kolkata on Wednesday. He has so far addressed the elections rallies in Cooch Behar, Thakurnagar and Durgapur.

Modi rally on Wednesday, Modi rally in Kolkata Preparation underway ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata.West Bengal is the third state to send maximum MPs to the Lok Sabha -- 42 members, after Uttar Pradesh (80) and Maharashtra (48). The state will go to polls in seven different phases between April 11 and May 19. Results will be declared on May 23. The fight is directly between BJP and Trinamool Congress of Mamata Banerjee who has been attacking the Modi government over its failed policies and alleged attempts to silence its leaders by using government agencies against them. The Congress and Left are two other prominent players in the state. In the first phase on April, a total of 91 seats will go to polls. This includes Coochbehar and Alipurduars parliamentary seats of West Bengal.
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