LokSabha 2019: Modi suffering from haratanka, trying to divide people on religious lines : Mamata Banerjee

PTI
Saturday, 20 April 2019

"I do not mind if BJP wins in Tripura but that will not give him (Modi) 543 seats. That is the reason he is roaming around in Bengal hoping to get votes by dividing people along Hindu-Muslim lines," Banerjee said.

PANIGHATA/BAGULA: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is suffering from 'haratanka', a phobia of losing elections and is trying to win in the state by dividing the people on communal lines.

Modi is merely repeating words told to him by party cadres and is not cross checking the facts about Bengal, she said.

"He(Modi) knows that he will lose the elections and that is why his face has turned pale. He is now suffering from 'haratanka' and is uttering nonsense everyday thinking about losing in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha and others," she said at a rally held at Panighata in support of party candidate for Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency Mohua Moitra.

"I do not mind if BJP wins in Tripura but that will not give him (Modi) 543 seats. That is the reason he is roaming around in Bengal hoping to get votes by dividing people along Hindu-Muslim lines," Banerjee said.

"Do you know why is he (Modi) roaming in West Bengal ? It's because the RSS has advised him to keep Mamata Banerjee under control. There is nobody who speaks against him other than Mamata," the combative TMC chief said.

Describing the ongoing Lok Sabha elections as a test for Modi and not for her, Banerjee said that it was not for him to question what she has done for West Bengal in the last five years. "It's my turn to ask him (Modi) about his achievements for the country during the last five years ... And if I have not done anything for the state then the people will demand answers from me."

Keeping up her attack against the prime minister, Banerjee said "For four and half year you (Modi) have roamed around the world. You (Modi) have done nothing other than lynching the common people in the name of gau raksha."

Later addressing another gathering in Bagula in the Ranaghat Lok Sabha constituency in the same district for party candidate Rupali Biswas, widow of slain TMC MLA Satyajit Biswas, Banerjee called Modi the "biggest liar" for accusing her of not allowing organising of Durga Pujas in the state.

"The prime minister should be given the award for being the biggest liar ... At least one lakh Durga Pujas are organised in West Bengal. People hold Lakshmi pujas, Saraswati pujas and Kali pujas in different formats in every household ... People worship as per their own will. There is a limit to speaking lies," she said.

Referring to the I-T department sending notices to Durga Puja organisers in the state to furnish expenditure details incurred in festivities in 2018 as Rs 10000 had been given to them by her government, Banerjee questioned whether the BJP loved performing pujas.

Referring to Modi's claims that Banerjee had done nothing for Balurghat when she was the railway minister, Banerjee said he should stop lying.

"If he can prove that I have not done anything for Balurghat as the railway minister then I will quit politics ... Tell me what has he done for West Bengal? Not a single train has been sanctioned for us," she said.

"Do not cast your votes for BJP if you want to save the country ... Have you forgotten demonetisation, the suffering you underwent? Crores of people had suffered. Now when the elections have come will you not give him (Modi) the reply ? Give them (BJP) a tight slap for demonetisation by casting your votes against them," she said.

Nadia district has two parliamentary constituencies - Ranaghat and Krishnanagar - where elections are due on April 29 in the fourth phase. 

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