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

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Mad­hu­parna.Das@ times­group.com

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.

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