Updated: March 19, 2021 4:42:51 pm
Declaring that the days of the ruling TMC in West Bengal are numbered, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mounted a scathing attack on Thursday on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, blaming her “appeasement and vote-bank” politics for infiltration into the state, and of institutionalising corruption with “TMC or Transfer My Commission” policy.
This, he said, was in sharp contrast to his government’s policy of Direct Benefit Transfer to beneficiaries of government schemes.
Addressing a public meeting in Purulia, Modi promised jobs, education and development if the BJP is voted to power for “double engine” growth — in the state and Centre — and took a swipe at the TMC election slogan of ‘Khela hobe’ (Game on).
“Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole chaakri (jobs) hobe. Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole vikas (development) hobe. Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole shiksha (education) hobe… Didi, you played for 10 years. Khela shesh hobe, vikas aarambh hobe (The game will end and development will start),” he said.
He said people of Bengal made up their mind a long time ago and have been saying “Lok Sabha mein TMC half, aur is baar poori saaf (TMC was reduced to half in the Lok Sabha polls and will be wiped out this time).” This, he said, has unsettled Banerjee.
“The reason for infiltration into Bengal is TMC’s appeasement and vote-bank politics… It has deprived the poor, Dalit and tribals of their rights. TMC’s syndicate, corruption, extortion and cut-money culture has ruined lives… The TMC has created a new breed of Maoists in Bengal who loot public money,” he said.
Accusing her of “appeasement” politics, Modi said Banerjee was on the wrong side at the time of terror incidents.
“People of Bengal have a very strong memory… They remember your actions. They have not forgotten who accused the Army of plotting a coup, whose side you took during the Pulwama attack,” he said.
Referring to the death sentence handed by a Delhi court to Arif Khan in the Batla House encounter case, he said: “Inspector Mohan Chand Sharma was shot during the encounter… Didi and her party’s attitude at that time can never be forgotten. They stood with the terrorists, raised questions on the encounter.”
“Didi is taking out her frustration on me and the BJP workers. But for us, she’s a daughter of this country, like crores of daughters of India. Respect for them is part of our culture. That is why we were concerned when Didi got injured. I pray to God that she recovers soon from her leg injury,” he said.
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