Kolkata Rally: Rahul Gandhi questions Narendra Modi, Mamata ‘friendship’

He also slammed NDA govt over land bill as he referred to agrarian and tribal agitations in Nandigram, Bhatta Parsaul and Niyamgri.

By: Press Trust of India | Kolkata | Updated: June 7, 2015 10:11 am
Rahul Gandhi, PM Narendra Modi, CM Mamata Banerjee, Modi-mamata friendship, modi-mamata bangladesh visit, BJP, NDA, kolkata news, city news, local news, Bengal news, Indian Express Rahul Gandhi with Congress’ state chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Kolkata on Saturday. (Source: Express Photo by Partha Paul)

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday came down heavily on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, accusing him of trying to deflect attention away from the NDA government’s “unfulfilled promises”, and also targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as he questioned her “friendship” with BJP.

At a rally here, he sought to project Congress as the viable third alternative for the state, saying his party will bring a change in the fortunes of West Bengal, where Assembly polls are due in 2016. Alluding to the bonhomie between BJP and Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress as she heads to Bangladesh during Modi’s visit there, Gandhi said, “When our (UPA) government was there, our PM wanted to go to Bangladesh. We spoke to her and requested her to go with us. She said no, ‘ekla chalo re’ (I will go alone). Now, Modiji is there, so no ‘ekla chalo re’. We will go together. Why is this happening? What is the friendship about? You must be knowing the reason,” he said.

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In his over 20-minute speech, Gandhi lambasted Banerjee, an erstwhile UPA ally, saying that contrary to her promise of freeing West Bengal from the “persecution” under the Left, she had “doubled” it after becoming West Bengal CM.

Congress and Trinamool had fought the 2011 Assembly elections together in the state which had brought to an the 35-year rule of the Left in West Bengal.

Turning his guns on the PM, Gandhi accused him of not fulfilling his promises and repeated his jibe of “suit-boot ki sarkar” to paint the Modi government as “pro-rich” and “anti-poor”.

He also slammed the NDA government over the land bill as he referred to the agrarian and tribal agitations in Nandigram, Bhatta Parsaul and Niyamgri.

“One year back, a new government came in Delhi. It made a lot of promises like the ones made by Mamataji. It talked about employment, development, opening factories. Both (Modi and Mamata) said this. One year (of Modi government) has been completed,” he said.

“He talked about sanitation. He said that you won’t get employment and so hold a broom and start sweeping. When the talk of ‘swachchata’ is over, now he is saying that go and do Yoga on Rajpath.

“There is no word about employment. Every day something new is said. All these things are being said to cover up unfulfilled promises,” he said.

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  1. G
    Jun 7, 2015 at 9:54 am
    pappu...paas ho jaa ab
    1. Saumen Sengupta
      Jun 7, 2015 at 4:41 am
      Rahul has a point. What prompts Mamata to move with Modi on Bangladesh policy but categorically rejecting Manmohan Singh when he was making that same overture? What has Mamata to gain from this overactive bonhomie with the center? Could it be she want to save her neck from the Saradha spill, which she thinks coming too close to comfort?
      1. H
        Jun 7, 2015 at 11:24 am
        Rahul hi should set his house in order before making false allegations on Modi. The efforts made by Modi in last one year is remarkable which was not done by UPA govts in last 10 years. The result of Modi efforts will be visible after two years & he has no magic wand to turn thing in months as expected by Rahul who should stop mive corruption & bad governance prevailing in Congress ruled states like KERALA, KARNATAKA, HIMACHAL, UTTRAKHAND etc. He must make all out efforts to improve situation in Congress ruled states which will help him in winning future elections since public has now firm determination to ensure CONGRESS MUKTA BHARAT. So Rahul should not waste energy in false propaa but he should set Congress ruled states in order where people are worst sufferer due to rampant corruption which will prove his capability & sincerity towards people otherwise Congress will definitely lose rest of states automatically.
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          Poda De
          Jun 8, 2015 at 2:59 pm
          The biggest ber & disservice Congress party did to Raul was glorifying him to the hilt & make him believe he is PM-material without any preparation either academically or practically. And to-day the poor fellow is struggling exposing only his lack of any talent as a leader to hold together or build any new party. He may end up enjoying in life the legacy of his family-estates wasting the enviable position he is born in.
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            pragasam ramaswamy
            Jun 7, 2015 at 12:24 pm
            conguradulation modiji for loosing 10,000 acres of indian land and getting 40,000 crores projects for adani and ambani groups. modi has done a good marketing job for ambani and adani groups. bjp was crying all along that not even a square inch of land should be lost to bangladesh. and now? Modi’s govt is not a people’s govt. It is ambani adani govt and he is doing a marketing managers job for them as they did the same job for his victory with the help of media.
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