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WhatsApp, Facebook outage likened to lack of development in Bengal in PM’s poll speech

'If WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram outage for a while troubled the people so much, imagine the lack of development in Bengal for decades'

About half-a-day after popular messaging service WhatsApp went down for over 50 minutes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today (20 March) cited the incident to attack West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. He said, “Yesterday WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were down for 50-55 min, everybody got worried. But in Bengal, development, and dreams have been down for 50-55 years.”

The prime minister said, “First, it was the Congress, then the left, and now Trinamool Congress that has blocked Bengal’s development.”

Prime Minister Modi made the comment during his election rally in West Bengal’s Kharagpur.

Earlier yesterday, the services of the Facebook-owned platforms were affected across several parts of the world and many users reported that they are not able to login to their accounts. It got restored after over 45 minutes.

“Thanks for your patience, that was a long 45 minutes but we are back!” WhatsApp posted on Twitter.

The photo and video-sharing social networking service Instagram said, “Some people were having issues with their Instagram accounts earlier, but we’re back now. The issue’s been fixed and we’re sorry for the trouble.”

A Facebook spokesperson issued a statement that read: “Earlier today, a technical issue caused people to have trouble accessing some Facebook services. We resolved this issue for everyone, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”

“If WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram outage for a while troubled the people so much, imagine the plight of the people of Bengal who have been denied for all the years of Congress rule, left rule and Trinamool rule,” the prime minister remarked.

In an obvious reference to the alleged nepotism practised by the West Bengal chief minister, Prime Minister Modi said during the Kharagpur rally that only one ‘bhaipo‘ (nephew) window exists in Bengal today. This ‘window’ refers to the streamlined process through which government sanctions the private sector for a given project.

The prime minister promised the residents of West Bengal that the BJP government would put an end to the “games” that the Mamata Banerjee-led AITC government has been playing with the people of the state. He taunted Mamata Banerjee’s “‘Khela hobe!” warcry once again, saying, “The whole of Bengal has replied: ‘Khela shesh hobe, vikas arombho hobe‘ (Your game will be over, the state’s will begin)!”

The prime minister alleged that the AITC supremo has wasted 10 very crucial years of the youth of Bengal and that the is the of cruelty, and its syllabus is ‘tolabaji‘ (extortion money or ransom), cut-money, syndicate and is a training centre for harassing and troubling people.

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