Bengal has made up its mind for ‘poriborton’: PM

KOLKATA, FEB 22 (IANS) | Publish Date: 2/22/2021 1:31:16 PM IST

Launching a scathing attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government in West Bengal, Prime Minster Narendra Modi said on Monday that the people of the state have made up their mind for a real ‘poriborton’ (change).

“Bengal has made up its mind for poriborton and the BJP will bring ‘aashol poriborton’ (real change) in the state,” Modi told a large gathering at the Dunlop Estate Village in Kolkata’s neighbouring Hooghly district. He said the jubilant response of the crowd has sent out positive signals to Delhi for a regime change in Bengal.

The Primne Minister said that the lotus brigade would bring ‘aashol poribartan’ which the young generation of Bengal aims for. “The BJP government should be formed not just for political regime change, but for ‘aashol poriborton’ in the state,” he said.

This was Modi’s third visit to poll-bound Bengal in the last one month, during which he criticised the role of the state government over agricultural, health, governance and many other crucial issues.

Taking a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Modi said that lakhs of poor people in Bengal have been deprived of the facility to avail free healthcare worth Rs 5 lakh under the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

“Such hurdles have been created by Mamata Ji’s government between the people of Bengal and development,” he said, adding that real change is only possible when there is no politics of extortion.

“We don’t want injustice. We want real change... The party which talked about ‘Maa-Mati-Manush’ is stopping Bengal’s development. Those who ruled Bengal have brought it to this current state,” the Prime Minister pointed out.

Modi further said that the Centre sent money directly to the accounts of people, but Trinamool ‘tolabaaz’ (extortionists) took the money for state schemes. This mentality has stopped people from getting the benefits of the Kisan Samman Nidhi scheme,” he said, adding that the problem is the ‘cut-cut culture’.

TMC slams PM Modi

The ruling TMC in West Bengal on Monday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his hard-hitting comments against the Mamata Banerjee government calling it “a bag of lies” and said he first owes an explanation to the people for his failure to control fuel prices and the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

“Bag of lies. The PM delivers a speech that fails #FactCheck”, TMC parliamentary party leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien tweeted.

The party’s spokesperson Kunal Ghosh said “Before questioning the TMC government, he (Modi) should first explain the reason behind his government’s failure to control fuel prices. Why has his government failed to address the issues that have led to farmer’s agitation in the country?

“The allegations that he made against the TMC government were baseless and politically motivated,” he said. Referring to Prime Minister’s “Syndicate raj” jibe, Ghosh said, “Those who were founders of this syndicate in Bengal are now with the BJP. He should first ask his leaders and then point fingers at others”.

He hit out Modi’s allegations that Durga Puja is not allowed in Bengal as a “lie”. “Is he aware that the state government provided Rs 50,000 financial assistance to each Puja committee in 2020? He should first get hold of facts and then speak”.

On Modi’s allegation that TMC has insulted Bengali pride, party MP Sougata Roy said BJP leaders and the prime minister should be the last person to talk about it.

“It is the same BJP party which had vandalized the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar during the Lok Sabha poll. The people of Bengal know very well BJP’s true character.

“We don’t need lessons from either the prime minister or BJP on respecting our icons. The BJP has always insulted Bengali icons and our culture,” Roy said.

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