Mamata practices vote bank politics: Modi

19 March, 2021 12:00 AM printer

PURULIA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for pursuing ‘appeasement and vote bank politics’ which were responsible for infiltration, reports PTI.

Addressing an election rally at Purulia in the tribal Jangalmahal region of the state, he alleged the ruling TMC never considered Dalits, backwards and adivasis its own, and these sections were the worst victims of cut money culture and ‘Tolabaji’ (extortion) by the state’s ruling party.

He also accused the Banerjee government of patronising underground Maoist rebels.

‘The single-most important reason for infiltration is appeasement and vote bank politics being pursued by didi’s government,’ he said.

He said on May 2, the day the votes for assembly elections will be counted, Banerjee’s ‘khela’ (game) will be ‘shesh’ (over) and development will start.

Repeatedly accusing the TMC supremo of trying to appease a section of people for vote bank politics, Modi said, ‘People of Bengal have a strong memory.

Bengal remembers who accused the army of plotting a coup, whose side you took during the Pulwama attack and the Batla House encounter.’ The prime minister hit out at the TMC government on the issue of corruption even during the COVID-induced lockdown.

Referring to a slew of central schemes which the TMC government is yet to implement, Modi said,’We believe in Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) while TMC believes in Transfer My Commission.’ ‘The TMC has created a new breed of Maoists in Bengal who loot public money. The money meant for poor people. Didi’s government has patronised Maoist violence,’ he alleged.

The prime minister said Purulia’s industrialisation was neglected during the erstwhile Left rule and the current TMC dispensation.

‘The TMC goernment has given Purulia only water crisis, forced migration and administration that discriminates,’ he alleged.

Meanwhile, addressing a rally in Amlasuli in West Midnapore district, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday claimed that BJP leaders “arrive here in choppers and planes from outside with bagful of cash to lure voters and loot votes” just ahead of elections.

Even as she admitted that the relief doled out after Cyclone Amphan by her government might have missed out “one or two” beneficiaries, she claimed that BJP leaders were nowhere to be seen during the crisis.

“We gave thousands of crores after Amphan. BJP, where were you at that time? They only distribute money for horse-trading,” she alleged.

The CM further said that the BJP government at the Centre will omit names of voters in the garb of implementing NPR but asserted that it will not be allowed in Bengal.

“The BJP will omit names of voters if they are not found at home during the visit of enumerators. They will just evict you (people). But we would not allow them to update the register here. Not a single member of any family, no citizen of the

country can be evicted from Bengal,” she stated.

Further, reiterating that she is a like a tiger, Mamata said she would bow her head only before the public. She asserted that she would not support a party like the BJP which “tortures women and Dalits”. The Bengal CM also branded the BJP as “a party of rioters”.

West Bengal will go to polls in eight phases starting March 27 with the final phase scheduled on April 9.

In a major political change, the BJP had won 18 of 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, with a vote share of 40.64 per cent, giving the Mamata government a major setback ahead of the assembly polls.