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.