'Khela' will end, 'Vikas' will start: Modi tells Mamata
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.IANS

'Khela' will end, 'Vikas' will start: Modi tells Mamata

Kolkata, March 18, 2021

Countering the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress' popular slogan "Khela Hobe", Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday trained guns at the West Bengal Chief Minister countering her with politics of development instead of unabated violence.

"Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole chaakri hobe. Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole vikas hobe. Didi bole khela hobe, BJP bole shiksha hobe....Khela shesh hobe, Didi ar vikas aarambho hobe (Didi says there will be a game but BJP says there will be employment generation, development and education. Didi's match will come to an end and the process of development will start in Bengal)," Modi said at an election rally in Purulia.

Modi also took a dig at the issues like drinking water crisis, rampant corruption and violence across the state that is being ruled by the Trinamool Congress for the past 10 years.

"People of Bengal want an answer from Mamata Didi. This government has robbed people of its rights in the name of appeasement. It has neglected the issues of Other Backward Class (OBC) communities. The state government has also encouraged coal and sand mafias in running syndicate raj across Bengal," he said.

Optimistic about Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s electoral chances, he said that the people of Bengal would resist the misrule of Trinamool in the assembly polls this time.

Braving high mercury, hundreds of sloganeering BJP supporters, armed with party's flags, caps and posters, came to attend the Modi rally that was held at Bhangra More in Purulia district on Thursday.

"The countdown for the end of the Trinamool government has begun. Now no more fear. Our target is to only secure electoral victory...Didi has received leg injury. I'm concerned about that. I pray so that' she gets well soon," he said, wishing Mamata Banerjee a speedy recovery.

Earlier, the state unit of BJP had dubbed Mamata's Nandigram incident a sheer 'drama' to win voters' sentiment in the seat.

Banerjee had sustained injuries while campaigning in East Midnapore's Nandigram on March 10. She had been taken to Kolkata and admitted to the state-run SSKM Hospital. She was discharged last week after two days of medical observation.

Modi further alleged that the Trinamool Congress has encouraged Maoist's violence in Bengal for its own political gains. "Didi, I know you are angry with me. But you are also a daughter of India and I respect you," the Prime Minister said.

Nandigram is a stronghold of newly-inducted BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari, who was elected from the high profile seat in 2016 and became a minister in Mamata Banerjee-led state cabinet.

Adhikari joined the BJP in December last year. The rebel Trinamool leader had claimed earlier that he would defeat Banerjee by over 50,000 votes in Nandigram.

Nandigram assembly constituency has now turned into a high-octane battleground for the warring Trinamool and BJP camps Banerjee and Adhikari fighting an election against each other.

IANS

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