Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday attacked the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government for the “poor condition of the state”. PM Modi equated the TMC government in Bengal to a second version of the Left Front government that is often criticised for its regressive policies and anti-industry stance.
While addressing a political rally in Haldia, PM Modi said that due to the TMC government, there is a rebirth of communism in the state, with criminalisation of politics and politicisation of administration being the biggest indicators. PM Modi went on to add that the state’s politics is the biggest reason for its condition.
PM Modi said, “Bengal wants to ask Trinamool—those who fired on the people of Nandigram, why is she taking the same people in her party?”
Speaking in Haldia. Watch. https://t.co/jLYjLBbFJQ
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 7, 2021
PM Modi’s second visit
It was PM Modi’s second official visit to Bengal within two weeks. His first visit held on January 23 to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the state’s icons, had triggered huge flashpoint with the state’s Trinamool Congress government after the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan controversy.
TMC leaders joining BJP
Suvendu Adhikari, a former minister in the Mamata Cabinet, has ditched Trinamool Congress and joined the BJP. Haldia is considered Adhikari’s bastion. Not just Adhikari, but many TMC MLAs have left the party to join the saffron party that is spreading its tentacles across the state.
The exodus of leaders has been a point of contention between the two parties, though officially TMC has maintained that only the corrupt and the sidelined leaders have gone to the BJP.
Both the BJP and TMC are engaged in a massive tussle to woo voters in West Bengal where Assembly elections are due in April-May. While TMC has criticised the BJP of being outsiders with no knowledge of the Bengali culture, the saffron party has criticised the Bengal government for her appeasement of minority communities and alleged rampant corruption prevalent in the state.
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