Published On: Mon, Jul 16th, 2018

Under Mamata ‘murder your opponents’ syndicate operating in Bengal: PM Modi

Midnapore (West Bengal): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday launched a scathing attack on Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government by saying that the ‘murder your opponents’ syndicate is flourishing in the state where for performing even a ‘puja’, one needs to seek permission of the ‘syndicate’.

Modi visited the injured in the hospital and talked to the doctors treating them

Addressing a huge farmers rally in Midnapore town, Prime Minister Modi targeted West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by saying that the ‘syndicate’ is playing vote bank politics to remain in power.

“The real face of ‘Ma Mati Manush’ is for everyone to see. There is ‘murder your opponents’ syndicate operating here. Nothing can happen in West Bengal without the permission of this syndicate.”

He went on to say that even doing ‘Puja’ has become difficult under the present dispensation here in the state.
Reminding people that it is the land of ‘Vande Mataram’ and the national anthem, the prime minister said that the syndicate raj has been openly using this great land for their vote bank.

He took a dig at Mamata Banerjee over TMC flags, banners and hoardings around his rally venue in West Midnapore district’s Midnapore town, saying she put up these to ‘welcome’ him to the state.

Hundreds of Trinamool Congress hoardings and banners had come up ahead of the party’s July 21 Martyr’s Day Rally, bearing pictures of party supremo Banerjee with folded hands.

“I am grateful to the Trinamool Congress because they have covered the area with so many party flags for my rally here. I am also grateful to Mamata Didi (Banerjee) because she has herself erected several of her hoardings all around with her pictures with folded hands to extend a traditional welcome to the Prime Minister. I express my hearty gratitude to her for this gesture,” Modi said at the rally.

The rally was held primarily over the Centre’s decision to increase the minimum support price of 14 kharif (summer) crops for the 2018-19 marketing season.

“We have taken such a major step for the welfare of the farmers that even the Trinamool Congress had to put up so many party flags, along with pictures, to welcome me to this rally.

“This is not merely the victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party, but of the peasant brothers and sisters,” he added.

Further underlining the initiative taken in favour of the farmers by the central government, he attacked the previous United Progressive Alliance government for turning a deaf ear to farmers’ plight.

He said the previous government discussed the issue of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for a long time but nothing was done in that regard.

“We clearly know the condition of Bengal right now. No benefits to farmers, no opportunities for youths. I hope West Bengal government will take required steps to create infrastructure for farmers, we want our farmers to use the latest technology,” he said.

“Overwhelmed” by the huge turnout at the Kisan Kalyan rally, Modi said farmers’ contribution to the Indian economy was invaluable.

“My government is your government and it is a pro-farmer government,” he told the farmers.

With an objective to ensure ease of living, understanding farmers’ needs, delivering benefits to those on the margins, the central government has been bringing policy reforms, he said.

Meanwhile, at least 20 persons were injured when a part of the canopy collapsed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally.

The injured were rushed to the Midnapore Medical College and Hospital in ambulances of the Prime Minister’s convoy and even motorcycles.

According to informed sources, the canopy structure had weakened due to incessant rains since the morning. It collapsed as a section of the enthusiastic audience tried to climb up to have a glimpse of the Prime Minister who had by then begun to speak.

Modi stopped for a few minutes when the structure collapsed to urge the audience to be careful, get off the stage and move to a safer area.

“Those who have climbed up, please get down, all of you… please, climb down. Those standing up there, please get down. Don’t run,” he said.

The Prime Minister was also seen instructing officials present on the stage to ensure speedy and proper treatment for the injured.

Towards the end of his speech, Modi hailed the audience and said he will remember this incident throughout his life.

“The people of Bengal today showed me what courage means. In spite of constant rain, they gathered here in lakhs and even after a part of the structure collapsed, they showed such discipline to take the injured to the hospital while letting the rally continue. I can’t thank you people enough for such positivity,” Modi said.

“I come from Gujarat. But I can’t think of such courage and discipline. I will never forget this rally in my whole life.”

After the rally, Modi visited the injured in the hospital and talked to the doctors treating them.

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