KHARAGPUR: PM Narendra Modi on Saturday raised the pitch against CM Mamata Banerjee and her nephew, Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee, calling upon Bengal’s voters to put an end to the regime’s “school of brutality”, whose syllabus revolved around “tolabaji (extortion), syndicate raj and anarchy”.
Modi, addressing a poll rally at Kharagpur’s BNR Maidan where he was flanked by 19 of the BJP’s candidates from the region (Bengal’s south-western corner), mentioned “Bengal’s mafia udyog” and “the prevalent bhaipo (nephew) single-window system” to ask voters to overthrow the Trinamool government.
“There will not be bhoy (fear) this time; there will be joy (victory),” he said, exhorting voters to vote without fear and the administration and cops to work without bias.
The BJP won the Kharagpur Town assembly seat in 2016 but the Trinamool wrested it in the subsequent ass-embly bypoll in 2019.
“Didi has betrayed the poor, the Adivasis and the backward classes and turned her government into a loot-mar government. Adivasis and those living off the forest have to give cut-money for even selling kendu leaves,” he said.
“The nation is progressing towards a single-window system but here, Bengal, only the bhaipo single-window system works. Nothing can happen without passing through this window. Existing industries are shut because of Trinamool syndicates,” Modi added.
Alluding to Friday’s social media snag, he said: “WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram applications were down yesterday for 50-55 minutes. People did not know what to do. Here, in Bengal, vikas, biswas and sapna (development, trust and dreams) have been down for 50-55 years.”
Modi repeated his jibes against CM Banerjee for opposing the New Education Policy and his efforts to teach technical and professional courses in the mother tongue.
“The NEP proposes to impart technical, medical education in regional languages. But Didi is against this. She is not bothered about the future and career prospects of Bengal’s youth. The education scene in Bengal is in a mess, the government has handed over teachers’ recruitment to a Trinamool-run board,” he said.
Modi then appealed to the people to give the BJP a chance this time and promised to set things straight. “We will do what others have not done during the past decades. Khela sesh hobe, vikas arambha hobe (The games will stop, development will start),” he added.
He also repeated why Bengal needed a “double-engine sarkar” for development.
“Didi has come in the way of Ayushman Bharat and PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, depriving people of the benefits of free medical support and funds that people elsewhere have got. We gave money to the state government for building 33 lakh houses. The state government has been sitting on that money and has built only 1 lakh houses,” Modi said.