Mamata Not Fighting Against Parties but With EC, Says PM
Modi says there is no difference left between the ruling party and the govt in West Bengal
Kolkata: In a game, one will win and another will be defeated. Umpire gives his decision to make the game fair and umpire’s decision is accepted by all players. That is the rule. Umpire can never be challenged. But, Didi (Mamata Banerjee) was challenging the umpire. Was it because, she already started feeling insecure? asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing an election rally in central Kolkata.
Continuing his attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Prime Minister said, she knows she will be defeated and the sense of failure provoked her to fight against the Election commission, instead of the Opposition.
Advising Mamata Banerjee to take rest for five years, he added, “On the verge of defeat, Trinamool was worried as the Election Commission was looking into complaints of alleged violation of the model code of conduct by some of its leaders. They are not fighting the Opposition. They are fighting the EC. Our EC is respected all over the world. Every sportsman respects an umpire. It’s our duty to respect the EC. Polls will come and go. But institutions have to be respected.”
Modi addressed two rallies in Bengal. Lambasting the Trinamool government, he said, “There is no difference left between the ruling party and the government here. The ruling party is blatantly using the government machinery to influence the election. The election commission showcaused Mamata Banerjee, the Trinamool candidate from Bhawanipore. Why should the chief secretary of the state respond to it?”
Mamata Banerjee should have sent her lawyers or party functionaries to reply to the show cause. This incident proves how the party and government have been a single entity here.”
Taking a dig at ‘Parivartan’ in the state , he said, “People of Bengal brought a Parivartan. But Parivartan actually happened in Mamata Baner- jee, and not in the state. Her party has been taking money in front of camera. This is people's money. Interestingly, the people who are featuring in Narada sting video are the same people, accused in Saradha chit fund scam. They are again the same people who indulged into corruption
and the Vivekananda road fly over collapsed."
Calling Bengal an ‘old age home’, he said that the young generation are migrating to other states in search of employment. For last six decades, Bengal was ruled by Congress, Left Front and TMC. The state has moved backward, added the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, he ridiculed the alliance between CPM and Congress. “I am surprised and confused. There are certain alliances that happen on ideologies. We have seen political parties providing external support to the government. How this alliance is happening? A CPM leader comes to Kolkata and holds joint rallies with Congress to send friendly message. The same CPM leader takes a flight and reaches Kerala in two hours. And then, he starts blasting at Congress. Similar things are happening to the Congress leaders too. Is not it funny?” he asked.