Updated: March 25, 2021 2:19:22 am
Hitting back at the Trinamool Congress’s “insider-outsider” poll plank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday said Bengal brought India together through Vande Mataram and on that land, Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee is talking about “bahiragata (outsider)”.
The Prime Minister was addressing a rally at Kanthi in Purba Medinipur district, a few kilometres from the residence of former TMC MLA and state minister Suvendu Adhikari who has now joined the BJP.
“Bangla chai BJP sarkar… dosra may, Didi jacche, asol poriborton aschhe (Bengal wants a BJP government… On May 2, Didi will go and the real change will come),” the Prime Minister said in his speech, a major portion of which was in Bengali.
He assured the people that “a son of this soil” will be the BJP Chief Minister in Bengal.
Countering the TMC’s “outsider” plank, he said Bengal was the land of icons like Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose and on this land, no Indian was an outsider.
“Bengal brought together the people of India through Vande Mataram, and on that land, Mamata-didi is talking about ‘bohiragoto’. No Indian is an outsider here, they are the children of Bharat Mata,” he said.
The PM said: “Didi, even the children of Bengal now understand your khela. On May 2, people of West Bengal will show the door to Didi. TMC khela sesh hobe. Bikash arombho hobe. (TMC’s game will be over, development will begin).”
Modi alleged that relief for those affected by Cyclone Amphan got stuck at the bhaipo window—a reference to Banerjee’s nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee.