Gandhi family denied Pranab the chance to become PM, says Narendra Modi as he addresses first rally in Bengal

On Mamata's turf, Narendra Modi asks: "You embraced 'Poriborton' but where is the change?"

New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2014 10:22 pm
In Bengal, Narendra Modi said that time has come to bid farewell to Third Front forever. (IE Photo: Subham Dutta) In Bengal, Narendra Modi said that time has come to bid farewell to Third Front forever. (IE Photo: Subham Dutta)

BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that time has come to bid farewell to Third Front forever as he addressed his first election rally in Mamata Banerjee’s bastion.

Modi also hit out at the Congress and Gandhi family, saying “the family (Gandhi) denied Pranab Mukherjee the chance to
become Prime Minister in 1984 and 2004.”

Here are the highlights of Modi’s speech in Kolkata:

3.15 pm: Modi begins his speech in Bengali as he addresses the crowd in Kolkata.

3.20 pm: Modi says Bengal and Gujarat share a close bond since Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore’s brother spent a lot time in Gujarat developing textile industry in the state.

3.25 pm: “The Lok Sabha elections are going to be different. The calculations of the politcal pundits need to be proven wrong,” says Modi during his rally in Kolkata.

3.28 pm: BJP’s PM candidate hits out at Mamata government. “You embraced ‘Poriborton’, but did the change really take place? come about? Can you feel the change?” asks Modi.

Taking on Mamata, Modi says: “People of Bengal are known to be revolutionary. Why is agriculture not developing in the state? There is youth but still lagging in development.”

3.30 pm: Modi appeals the people of Bengal to do an experiment and make BJP win all the seats in West Bengal.

3.35pm: Narendra Modi promises to bring a wave of change in Bengal if the people vote BJP to power.

3.45 pm: Modi launches attack on the Third Front as he says, “The idea behind Third Front is to make India a third-rate country. Eastern states have remained backward due to Third Front parties. Time has come to bid farewell to Third Front forever.”

Let the third front see which way the wind is blowing. BJP will form the government after coming Lok Sabha elections

3.55 pm: “Why didn’t the Congress make Pranab Mukherjee the Prime Minister after the death of Indira Gandhi?” questions Modi.

Hitting out at Congress, Modi says: “Then again in 2004, Mukherjee was the senior most leader. But, Sonia Gandhi made Manmohan Singh the PM. Pranab Mukherjee should have been the Prime Minister, the family (Gandhi) denied him the chance to become PM twice in 1984 and 2004.”

4.00 pm: Narendra Modi concludes speech in Kolkata with Vande Mataram.

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First Published on: February 5, 2014 3:30 pm
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    aadaa
    Feb 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm
    VOTE 4 BJP, ..Congress is a spent force, their well cultivated vote bank is unraveling at the speed of sound!.., After 60 years, The Muslims and other minority groups have at last woken up to this cynical manition of them by the congress!........ With their vote banks gone, the congress will be just another minority party!
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      aadaa
      Feb 5, 2014 at 5:37 pm
      VOTE 4 BJP, ..Congress is a spent force, their well cultivated vote bank is unraveling at the speed of sound!.., After 60 years, The Muslims and other minority groups have at last woken up to this cynical manition of them by the congress!........ With their vote banks gone, the congress will be just another minority party!
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        Bakumbai
        Feb 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm
        TMC, CPM and Congress have been shocked to see Modi wave in West Bengal. Modi has used every opportunity to show that BJP original founder is Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee of Bengal.
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          Bakumbai
          Feb 6, 2014 at 12:40 pm
          TMC, CPM and Congress have been shocked to see Modi wave in West Bengal. Modi has used every opportunity to show that BJP original founder is Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee of Bengal.
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            Nia Bansal
            Feb 6, 2014 at 7:34 am
            Mr Modi same question will be asked for BJP action in making you as PM candidate by ignoring so many. So be prepared to answer that also.
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              James Bond
              Feb 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm
              Definitely Mr.Narendra Modi impressed Bengal people and get few Lok sabha seats.Most probably BJP will win upto 251 lok Sabha seats in this year election.Wish im best wishesdia needs him now after Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
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                James Bond
                Feb 5, 2014 at 4:08 pm
                Definitely Mr.Narendra Modi impressed Bengal people and get few Lok sabha seats.Most probably BJP will win upto 251 lok Sabha seats in this year election.Wish im best wishesdia needs him now after Sardar Vallabhai Patel.
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                  Balan
                  Feb 5, 2014 at 2:42 pm
                  Very true. PM should have been PM in 1984 and again in 2004 & 2009. But we all know what happened. Only that unlike others Modi has the guts to call a spade a spade.
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                    J P
                    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:46 am
                    I am watching live on the TV, never seen such mive rally in WB. There is no doubt about Modi wave and this must lead to "poribortan".
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                      Amit Sood
                      Feb 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                      I agree with Modi. The Congress has never been able to get beyond the aura of hi dynasty. It was very obvious that Pranab Mukherjee was nominated for President, since, he was the only hurdle for Rahul hi.
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                        Amit Sood
                        Feb 5, 2014 at 3:41 pm
                        I agree with Modi. The Congress has never been able to get beyond the aura of hi dynasty. It was very obvious that Pranab Mukherjee was nominated for President, since, he was the only hurdle for Rahul hi.
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                          Amit Sood
                          Feb 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm
                          I agree with Modi. The Congress has never been able to get beyond the aura of hi dynasty. It was very obvious that Pranab Mukherjee was nominated for President, since, he was the only hurdle for Rahul hi.
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                            Amit Sood
                            Feb 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm
                            I agree with Modi. The Congress has never been able to get beyond the aura of hi dynasty. It was very obvious that Pranab Mukherjee was nominated for President, since, he was the only hurdle for Rahul hi.
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                              Mera Mera
                              Feb 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm
                              :www.youtube/watch?v...
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                                Mera Mera
                                Feb 5, 2014 at 1:18 pm
                                :www.youtube/watch?v...
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                                  MKS Dri
                                  Feb 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                  hi family thinks that India is their ancestral property tand hence, does not allow anyone other their family members to become PM of India. Fortunately for India, this nasty practice will soon come to an end and BJP should ensure that they don''t ever try to sneak into this domain in rest of their lifetime
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                                    MKS Dri
                                    Feb 5, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                    hi family thinks that India is their ancestral property tand hence, does not allow anyone other their family members to become PM of India. Fortunately for India, this nasty practice will soon come to an end and BJP should ensure that they don''t ever try to sneak into this domain in rest of their lifetime
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                                      jey emm
                                      Feb 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm
                                      I think Modi has a point. It is OK to vote Didi Mamta when it comes to State Elections. Bengali brothers and sisters should vote to BJP or Congress. National parties please.
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                                        jey emm
                                        Feb 5, 2014 at 12:20 pm
                                        Regional parties are stalling development and therefore we need National Parties during LS election.
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                                          JS
                                          Feb 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm
                                          Yes! Narendra modi indeed sow the seeds of hatred!!
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                                            JS
                                            Feb 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm
                                            Yes! Narendra modi indeed sow the seeds of hatred!!
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