Modi in Bengal HIGHLIGHTS: Chowkidaar will clean Didi’s ‘Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax’ culture, says PM

Modi in Bengal HIGHLIGHTS: Chowkidaar will clean Didi’s ‘Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax’ culture, says PM

Modi in West Bengal LIVE updates: The prime minister, who addressed rallies in Durgapur and Thakurnagar, accused the TMC government of treading the path of the previous Communist government to trample democracy.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the crowd in Durgapur on Saturday. (Express photo/Partha Paul)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the crowd in Durgapur on Saturday. (Express photo/Partha Paul)

Modi in West Bengal LIVE updates: In preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections in May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday kickstarted BJP’s campaign in West Bengal by attacking the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government over a wide range of issues. Modi, who addressed rallies in Durgapur and Thakurnagar, accused the government of treading the path of the previous Communist government to trample democracy. “TMC doesn’t take interest in initiating development projects where there is no share for the syndicate…where there is no ‘malai’ (cream),” he said in Durgapur.

Prior to that, the prime minister addressed a public meeting in Thakurnagar, which is the hub of the sizeable Matua community with an estimated population of 30 lakh in the state. Modi, who was greeted with loud cheers in the region, said, “Now I can understand why Didi (Banerjee) and her party are indulging in violence…killing innocent people. She has become jittery because of your love for us.”

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PM Modi addressed two rallies in West Bengal today. Get latest updates here.

PM Modi concludes speech in Durgapur

PM Modi concludes speech in Durgapur.

PM Modi hits out at Grand Alliance

'Bengal only state which pays tax for education'

BJP will oppose TTT culture: PM Modi

"No one opposed this culture of syndicate and TTT, which is why the TMC had a free rein. But, now, the BJP will oppose this. The chowkidaar has started a cleanliness drive against this culture," PM Modi said.

'TTT- Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax'

Accusing the ruling TMC of "playing with the future of Bengal", PM Modi hit out at the government over the scams in the state. "This reminds me of TTT- Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax," he said, adding that CM Banerjee cannot tolerate praise for him.

'Mamata will not succeed in throttling democracy'

"Mamata treading path of erstwhile Communists but she should know throttling democracy did not succeed then, will not succeed now," the PM told the crowd.

Modi apologises for stampede-like situation in Thakurnagar

"There was a lot of enthusiasm during my rally in Thakurnagar, and I think the ground was filled twice its capacity. I would like to apologise for the discomfort the people went through," PM Modi said.

PM Modi speaks on Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojana

TMC not serious about development in the state: PM Modi

PM Modi said that the Central government is making efforts to develop infrastructure in the state and crores of rupees have been allocated for several railway projects in West Bengal. He further said that the TMC government isn't serious about the state's development.

PM Modi slams Mamata for anarchy in the state

"What is 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas' is evident in this( interim budget 2019), it has something for every section of society.  I used to think that Didi who has herself suffered a lot during Left regime will not walk on the same path, but I was surprised that she adopted the same tactics. You can take this from me in writing 'Inka jaana tae hai'," he said 

Public's love for Modi has kept Didi out of sleep: Modi in Durgapur

PM Modi while addressing the second rally in West Bengal in Durgapur says that "The public's love for Bengal, towards the BJP, has kept Didi out of sleep, he added. 
Modi further apologises to people, especially women for the difficulties faced by them and assures party's focus on the state. Modi speaks about the development and infrastructure of West Bengal and says that the state government is not serious about it. " The infrastructure, which is around 90,000 crore, is still not completed. And even if it has started, it is being done at snail's pace," said Modi.

PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Durgapur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally in Durgapur in West Bengal.

PM Modi addresses a public meeting in Durgapur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing a rally in Durgapur in West Bengal.

In Pictures: A glimpse of rally in Thakurnagar

(Express photos by Shashi Ghosh)

All our schemes were rejected by West Bengal govt: Rajnath Singh

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh while addressing a public meeting at Falakata, Alipurduar, West Bengal says, all the schemes the Centre introduced in India and wished to bring in West Bengal were rejected by the TMC. Further, Singh assured people of the state to not resolve to violence in case CPM members of Congress party attacks them. 

"No matter how much CPM and Congress attacks you, do not take retaliate violently. But remember, people who have been violent to you or those who have been killed, our party will not leave them," says Singh. 

Stampede-like situation in Thakurnagar, PM Modi cuts-short speech

Modi cut-short his address within 14 minutes in Thakurnagar as a stampede-like situation arose at the venue, as reported by PTI. In order to control the situation, at the venue, Modi repeatedly was heard saying that the land where people were assembled was small and requested them to settle down. 

(Express photos by Partha Paul)

TMC, BJP activists clash a night before PM Modi's rally in West Bengal

Ahead of PM Modi's rally in West Bengal today, BJP and TMC activists in Durgapur clashed on Friday allegedly on the removal of Modi's posters near the venue on.

Few BJP activists were injured last night, the party's state general secretary Sayantan Basu said, as quoted by PTI.

It was also alleged by the state party general secretary that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers threatened BJP activists and tore posters and placards bearing the image of PM Modi.

"They took out our posters and posted photos of TMC leaders. Our workers were also roughed up," Basu said.

However, local TMC leadership denied allegations and claimed that BJP sprayed black paint on posters of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Police is looking into the matter.

Help us enforce Citizenship bill: PM Modi

Speaking on the Citizenship bill, Modi appeals TMC to support and help enforce the bill in the North Eastern region of the country. He reasons to help people stuck Pakistan and Bangladesh. 

PM Modi repeats farmers' scheme presented in interim Budget

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reiterates the scheme for farmers spelt out on Friday by Finance Minister Piyush Goyal during his budget speech relating to the direct transfer of Rs 6000 per year to farmers' accounts with five acres land.  In the name of loan waiver, farmers of the country have been duped by all the political parties, said Modi at Thakurnagar while addressing a public rally.  Modi began his speech stating that villages have been neglected for many, many years after Independence, especially West Bengal.

"More than 12 crore families of small farmers, 30-40 crore workers and 3 crore middle-class families will directly benefit from the schemes announced in the budget yesterday," said Modi.

"This is just the beginning, the main budget after the Lok Sabha election will have much more for the youth, farmers, and other sections of the society," says PM Modi in Thakurnagar.  

PM Modi shortly to address in Thakurnagar

Watch: PM Modi's chopper arrive in Thakurnagar

People gather at Thakurnagar for Modi's rally at 12 pm

Rajnath Singh on his way to West Bengal

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is on his way to address public meetings at Falakata (Alipurduar) and Mathabhanga (Cooch Bihar). Singh, along with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and many other top leaders will be attending several ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ rallies across the state.

We are paying greater to attention to West Bengal: Ram Madhav

In an interview with The Indian Express, BJP's in charge of north-eastern states of Jammu and Kashmir Ram Madhav had claimed that BJP would be focusing more to West Bengal and Odisha now in the hope to get more seats in the states.

"We probably have to put more attention. Now that we are paying greater attention to West Bengal and Odisha, we are hoping to get more seats there.," Madhav had said when asked what is curbing BJP's growth as an electoral force in the South other than in Karnataka. 

Mamata Banerjee challenges Amit Shah

On Wednesday West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took pot shots at BJP national president Amit Shah alleging her of selling paintings to chit fund owners and asked him to prove his claims or resign from politics.

Shah had earlier said that the West Bengal government copied central government schemes and that Durga and Saraswati pujas are not held here. Tuesday, Shah alleged that state government is not taking any action against chit fund companies as paintings of Mamata Banerjee was bought by owners of such companies. The BJP leader also alleged that Durga and Saraswati Pujas are not held in Bengal.

Read more | Prove claims or quit politics

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Mamata Banerjee's oppn rally 'show of strength': Hit or Miss?

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy, Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, BSP General Secretary Satish Chandra Mishra, National Conference President Farooq Abdullah and other opposition leaders join hands together during Trinamool Congress (TMC)'s mega rally 'Brigade Samavesh' in Kolkata, Saturday, Jan 19, 2019. (PTI Photo/Swapan Mahapatra)

The rallies come at a time when the ruling Trinamool Congress in the state gave a call to oust BJP in the next General Election. The TMC had on January 19 organised a mega opposition rally which was attended by leaders of 24 parties from across the country, including the Congress.

Modi is scheduled to address his third rally on February 8 at Siliguri in north Bengal, one of the areas where BJP had witnessed a surge in its vote share in the last panchayat polls. West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said apart from Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and many other top leaders will attend several ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ rallies across the state.