Bengal cheers Modi as PM attacks TMC, pushes Citizenship Bill

Using words like tolabaji, Jagai, Madhai, Prime Minister Narendra Modi established a rapport with Bengalis; he said India was home to persecuted minorities of Islamic states

Modi in Bengal

Durgapur: In a scathing attack on the Trinamool Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday accused it of killing the aspirations of the middle-class people in the State. The Prime Minister said the ruling party in West Bengal was known for “triple T — Trinamool, tolabaji, tax”, pleasantly surprising the locals with his knowledge of the colloquial Bengali word for extortion.

Addressing a BJP over-attended rally in this industrial town, Modi alleged that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was treading the path of the previous communist government to trample democracy. She should know it did not work then and it will not work now, he said.

“The TMC is killing the people’s aspirations but the Centre will fulfil their (people’s) dreams,” the prime minister said. The interim Budget presented in Parliament Friday is a reflection of the BJP government’s policy of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas‘, he said.

Modi spoke also about the income tax rebate, TDS for bank term deposits, earnings from second property among other budgetary provisions which, he said, will benefit the middle class.

The prime minister claimed the Centre has approved infrastructure projects worth Rs 90,000 crore in the past four-and-a-half years for the state but the TMC government did not take interest in implementing them as it wanted a share for the “syndicate”. “The TMC doesn’t take interest in initiating development projects where there is no share for the syndicate… where there is no malai (cream),” he alleged.

“Right from admission in schools and colleges, jobs in educational institutes and elsewhere one has to pay ‘triple T’ to get their work done. But this cannot continue always,” Modi said. “We are with the people of the state totally to free them of Jagai Madhai, syndicate raj of the TMC,” he added. Jagai and Madhai, were two brothers who were initially against Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the 16th century seer, but later became among his ardent followers.

Praising the bravery of BJP workers amid violent confrontation with the TMC cadre, Modi said their sacrifice will not go waste as days of the TMC government are numbered.

Modi stirs emotion of refugees from east Bengal

Addressing the issue of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that has divided the Northeast but has been lapped up by the huge East bengali Hindu population of West Bengal, the prime minister reminded the crowd that independent India was a fragmented land that left many Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and Parsis in a hostile Pakistan, the eastern wing of which became Bangladesh subsequently.

Modi said these religious minorities had presumed life would be normal in the new countries but they were persecuted. “This is why people had to flee Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh and come to India. These people have no home, but Hindustan. Now tell me whether these people should find a place, a home in Hindustan?” he asked the crowd.

“What is their crime? And that is why we have brought in the Citizenship Bill. I call upon TMC to support the bill in Parliament and let it pass. The country was divided and their lives were destroyed,” the prime minister asked, evoking applause from the crowd.