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Narendra Modi in West Bengal highlights: Tent collapses during rally, PM visits those injured in hospital

Narendra Modi in West Bengal: During the rally, PM Modi is expected to detail how farmers have benefitted following the Union government’s decision to ensure 150 per cent MSP for farmers for their Kharif crops.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 16, 2018 3:37:27 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday addressed a Krishak Kalyan Samavesh (farmer’s welfare rally) in West Midnapore district of West Bengal where he talked about how the Union government’s decision to ensure 150 per cent MSP for farmers for their Kharif crops benefitted them. “Previous governments have discussed the issue of MSP for a long time. But nothing was done. BJP government listened to the farmers and decided to increase MSP,” he said.

PM Modi also said, “BJP government is working to make lives easy for all of you. Will ensure all farmers get benefits. India is going through a major development change. Everyone in the country is trying to give their 100% efforts towards a bringing development. Our government worked for farmers, from quality seeds to market, important to have a warehouse to save the produce.”

Meanwhile, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) has also announced a counter-rally on the same grounds, a few days after Modi’s speech, and has already put up large cutouts and banners of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee all across the town. Following this, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “Generally, the opposition parties organise counter-rallies. But in the case of West Bengal, it is just the opposite —the ruling party will be holding counter-rallies. It is good that the Trinamool is following us wherever we go.”

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13:58 (IST)16 Jul 2018
15 injured as tent collapses in Modi rally, PM visits Midnapore medical college hospital

At least 20 people were injured as a makeshift tent collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Midnapore rally on Monday. The injured were taken to the Midnapore medical college and hospital. PM Modi visited them soon after he finished his speech. 

13:35 (IST)16 Jul 2018
13:34 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi praises people who stood in rally despite breaking of tent

PM Modi says, "Despite such an incident and rains, I praise the people who still patiently stood at the meeting." 

Express photo by Partha Paul
13:30 (IST)16 Jul 2018
Hope Bengal govt will take required steps to create infrastructure for farmers: PM Modi

PM Modi says, "We clearly know the condition of Bengal right now. No benefits to farmers, no opportunities to youths. I hope West Bengal government will take required steps to create infrastructure for farmers, we want our farmers to use latest technology."

13:26 (IST)16 Jul 2018
We gave farmers one and half times more than what they invested: PM Modi

"Farmers kept on demanding the right MSPs for their crops, they kept protesting for it but the previous governments completely ignored it since long. Our government took the historic decision to give farmers one and half times more than what they invested.I would like to tell you that my government is your government. It is a farmer-friendly government." says PM Modi.

13:18 (IST)16 Jul 2018
There is 'murder your opponents' syndicate operating in West Bengal, says PM Modi

PM Modi says, "The real face of 'Ma Mati Manush' is for everyone to see. There is ' murder your opponents' syndicate operating here. Nothing can happen in West Bengal without the permission of this syndicate. Even doing 'Puja' has become difficult here. This is the land of Vande Mataram and the national anthem. But the syndicate raj is using this great land for their vote bank."

13:12 (IST)16 Jul 2018
125 crore Indians are trying to realise their dream of New India: PM Modi

Our country is witnessing change. 125 crore Indians are trying to realise their dream of New India, says PM Modi.

13:12 (IST)16 Jul 2018
Will ensure all farmers get benefits, says PM Modi

PM Modi says, "BJP government is working to make lives easy for all of you. Will ensure all farmers get benefits. India is going through a major development change. Everyone in the country is trying to give their 100% efforts towards a bringing development. Our government worked for farmers, from quality seeds to market, important to have warehouse to save the produce."

13:05 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi 'thanks' Mamata for grand welcome in Bengal

I am thankful to Mamata didi for putting up so many flags to welcome me here that there are flags everywhere, says PM Modi

13:02 (IST)16 Jul 2018
Tent breaks due to public pressure at Midnapore College ground
13:01 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi is addressing the rally now
13:01 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi arrives in West Midnapore
12:20 (IST)16 Jul 2018
Dilip Ghosh slams CPM for planning protest during PM visit

The CPM had announced that they would wave black flags in front of PM Modi in Midnapore on Monday. Reacting to this, Dilip Ghosh said, “Those who have lost their relevance and try to prove their existence by making an appearance before some big people. They try to float with the help of the media. They have lost their strength and do not have the opportunity to prove their worth.”

Ghosh also said, “The charisma of our prime minister will remain intact, come what may. No one can dent his popularity in the country through such protests.”

12:11 (IST)16 Jul 2018
Nothing had been finalised yet, says local Trinamool leader on party rally on same ground

Local Trinamool leader Dinen Roy said, “Nothing had been finalised yet. But in the previous years, we have seen that our leaders have attended rallies which were organised on August 9. The chief minister is expected to announce the programme from the martyrs’ rally on July 21 in Kolkata and we will follow her instructions.”

12:10 (IST)16 Jul 2018
Good that TMC is following us wherever we go, says Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh

As the TMC is planning a counter-rally on the same grounds, a few days after Modi’s speech, and has already put up large cutouts and banners of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee all across the town, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said, “Generally, the opposition parties organise counter-rallies. But in the case of West Bengal, it is just the opposite —the ruling party will be holding counter-rallies. It is good that the Trinamool is following us wherever we go.”

12:03 (IST)16 Jul 2018
TMC has tentatively set date of its counter rally as August 9

The Trinamool Congress has focused its efforts on the area around the Midnapore College ground, packing the two sides of the approach road with pictures of Mamata Banerjee in addition to party flags flexes and festoons. The party has also tentatively set the date for its counter-rally as August 9. Below are some of the pictures from around the college ground, ahead of PM Modi's arrival. (Express photos by Partha Paul)

11:52 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi will arrive in Midnapore soon

PM Modi will arrive in Midnapore soon to address the rally.

A poster of PM Modi outside Midnapore College. (Express photo by Partha Paul)
11:42 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi will be greeted with 'toka' and 'gamcha', says Rahul Sinha

“Replicas of farmers sowing a field with a plough have been installed at several places in the meeting venue (the Midnapore College ground). The prime minister will be greeted with a toka (farmer’s hat) and gamcha (coarse cotton towel typically used by farmers),” said Rahul Sinha, BJP national secretary.

11:36 (IST)16 Jul 2018
PM Modi has left for West Bangal
11:36 (IST)16 Jul 2018

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting West Midnapore in West Bengal to address a farmers' rally mainly on how they have benefitted from Centre's decision to ensure 150 per cent MSP for farmers for their Kharif crops. Follow to get the latest updates

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For its counter-rally, the TMC has also tentatively set the date which is August 9. Focussing on the area around the Midnapore College ground, the ruling party has already packed the two sides of the approach road with pictures of Mamata Banerjee in addition to party flags flexes and festoons.

However, local Trinamool leader Dinen Roy said, “Nothing had been finalised yet. But in the previous years, we have seen that our leaders have attended rallies which were organised on August 9. The chief minister is expected to announce the programme from the martyrs’ rally on July 21 in Kolkata and we will follow her instructions.”

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