BIRPARA, West Bengal: Mounting a frontal attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said she had boycotted meetings called by the Centre to discuss the issue of states’ development and had failed to bring in any transformation despite her call for “paribartan” (change).
“What kind of chief minister is she? Whenever the Centre called a meeting to discuss development of states, Didi boycotted it. Even if it hurt her state.
“She (Banerjee) did not attend those meetings only because Modi convened it. But whenever she visited Delhi, she met Sonia Gandhi and took her blessings”, Modi told an election rally here.
Modi, who campaigned in north Bengal, said, “She gave the call for Paribartan and misled the people. She talked about Ma-Mati-Manush, but there is only Maut (death) and money. The Narada sting operation has shown it”.
Modi slammed Banerjee also on the recent collapse of a Kolkata flyover saying instead of beginning immediate relief work and saving the people, she had started the blame game.
“The first thing she said was to put the blame on the Left for giving the contract of the flyover. But if the flyover was completed, would she have congratulated the Left? (In such an event) She would have taken the credit for the flyover,” he said.
Modi said when she took over the government it seemed that she would try to set things right in Bengal after the misrule of the Left. “But she only carried forward the legacy of the Left and led the state to further ruin”.
Instead of talking about development, both TMC and the Left were engaged in a blame game against each other on the issues of rape, corruption and bomb making. “Your future is not safe in the hands of TMC and the Left,” he told the meeting.
Referring to the multi-crore rupees Saradha chit fund scam, Modi said, “If Didi tries to save those involved in it she should be sent back.”
Appealing to the people to give BJP a chance, he said wherever BJP was in power there is development.–PTI