PM Narendra Modi iterated on Monday that Saturday’s CISF firing at Sitalkuchi in north Bengal’s Cooch Behar, which led to four deaths, would not have happened without CM Mamata Banerjee’s alleged instigation. He said Mamata was “not talking sense (abol-tabol bolchhen)” as she knew she had been “clean bowled” in Nandigram and BJP had already crossed the 100-seat mark, with four phases of polls still to go.
“Those who died in Cooch Behar were all sons who had mothers. Didi instigated them, told them to gherao the central forces and loot them. They listened to Didi and snatched weapons from security forces, leading to the firing. Didi, they would not have died had you not instigated them,” Modi said in Burdwan, also referring to the lynching of a Bihar Police officer during a raid in Bengal’s North Dinajpur.
All these incidents were part of a desperate Trinamool attempt to disrupt the poll process in keeping with Mamata’s “chhappa vote master plan”, the PM said at Barasat in North 24-Parganas. “Has Didi ever appealed to voters for peace? Has she ever warned those disrupting polls? She has not because she has started sensing that the high polling is going in the BJP’s favour.”
In Nadia district’s Kalyani, Modi said “the countdown to Didi’s exit begins on Bangla Nababarsha”, referring to Poila Baisakh on April 15. “People scored boundaries and over-boundaries in the first four phases, taking the BJP tally to 100. This is making her angry. Her people are abusing Scheduled Castes and Tribes because they are voting for BJP,” the PM said at all three election meetings in Burdwan, North 24 Parganas and Nadia.
All three districts have a substantial chunk of SC/ST voters.
Trinamool “crossing all lines” is an indication of its fear of losing, Modi felt, referring to a statement attributed to its Arambag (Hooghly) candidate, Sujata Mandal. “A Trinamool functionary said the other day that Scheduled Caste people were like beggars,” he said without mentioning Mandal. “It is a great humiliation for BR Ambedkar’s legacy when the country is getting set for celebrating his birth anniversary. Why is Didi silent? Humiliating the Dalits is Didi’s biggest mistake.”
The PM addressed Namasudra sentiments at the Kalyani meeting by pointing to the CM’s jibes at him for his visit to Matua guru Harichand Thakur’s birthplace at Orakandi in Bangladesh. “A Matua friend told me I was the first PM to visit Orakandi. It gave me inspiration to serve you. But Didi is angry with me,” he said.
“Didi, during her 10-year rule, has improved her bhaipo’s (nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee) lot. But what has she given Bengal’s youth except a long wait for a job?” Modi asked, attacking the CM and her “khela hobe” slogan. “Didi has become so arrogant that she has begun to believe that every game starts with her and ends with her winning it. But, in a democracy, people start the game. Khela to sesh hoye gelo (The game has ended), Didi. People will ensure Didi’s defeat,” the PM said.
By Ayush Kashyap