Modi attacks Mamata govt, says it throttled democracy
Tent collapse at Modi’s rally injures 67
MIDNAPORE (WB), July 16: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a no-holds-barred attack against the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal, charging it with "throttling democracy" and running a "syndicate raj" without whose approval nothing moves.
Addressing a 'Kisan Kalyan' rally here, the prime minister also reached out to farmers and said his government was working to double their incomes by 2022.
The people of West Bengal will get freedom from the "misrule" of the Trinamool Congress within a few months, Modi told the gathering at the farmers' welfare rally in an apparent reference to the coming general elections.
Mounting an all out attack against the TMC government, Modi said nothing can be achieved without approval of the "syndicate" in West Bengal.
"The political syndicate rules in the land of 'Vande Mataram' and 'Jana-Gana-Mana'," he said, adding that the syndicate pursued appeasement and vote bank politics. The TMC government, he added, is operating syndicates to run chit funds, take away the benefits of the farmers and unleash atrocities on the poor.
Those who think they can be in power by unleashing violence should read the "writing on the wall", the prime minister said.
"The people of Bengal had fought hard against the misrule of the Left Front. It took some time. Within a few months, the people of Bengal will get freedom from the misrule of the TMC. People are just waiting for an opportunity," Modi said at the farmers' rally.
"We all know the condition of West Bengal under the present regime. Those who spoke of Maa, Mati, Manush (the TMC slogan) have been completely exposed. They are running syndicates. Democracy is being throttled and brutalized in the state." According to him, puja rituals as well as the tradition and heritage of West Bengal are under threat. "If you want to start a new business or do any work you have to pay the syndicate. Investments have stopped coming to Bengal. The people are frustrated and fed up by this government," he said. Referring to the recent allegations of extortion from students over admissions in colleges, Modi said the TMC has ruined the state further, after the end of the 34-year Left regime.
Discussing the panchayat polls and the violence in the state, the prime minister said he salutes the people for coming out in support of the BJP in huge numbers "despite the reign of terror let loose by the TMC". In his view, the people of Tripura had brought about change in their state with courage and determination. In West Bengal, too, the people can defeat the syndicate, he said. Meanwhile, 67 people were injured on Monday at a public rally for Narendra Modi after a tent collapsed on the Indian prime minister's audience, police said. Modi had started to extol his government's achievements when the tent's canopy fell onto the crowd amid heavy rain, seriously injuring two people. "The incident happened about 100 metres from the dais as the prime minister began to address the rally," senior state police official Anuj Sharma said. "The prime minister paused and urged the people to stay calm." Television footage showed injured audience members being lifted to safety by the public. -PTI