Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over poll violence in the state.

Addressing a massive gathering in Ranaghat, the PM said that Didi is making “a last ditch effort (to win the elections) with hired goons”.

The PM was referring to the incidents of political violence reported from the state in the first three phases of the Lok Sabha elections 2019.

“Violence and suppression can’t scare the karyakartas of BJP. If we were scared, a party of two elected representative wouldn’t have formed the govt in the centre,” the PM said.

The BJP currently has two MPs from the state – SS Ahluwalia from Darjeeling and Babul Supriyo from Asansol.

“Affection (Mamata) for goons and brutality (Nirmamata) for the people – this is the situation in West Bengal,” the PM said, adding that in 2009, when Bengal was under the Left Front government, Banerjee had demanded President’s Rule and wanted the elections to take place under the supervision of the forces.

“People trusted her and voted for her. But she betrayed the people of Bengal,” the PM said.

The PM also told the gathering that the BJP will remain steadfast on its commitment to give citizenship to the persecuted minorities who had to leave their home and hearth in the neighbouring countries due to their religion.

Expressing disappointment at Banerjee’s opposition to the NRC, PM Modi said, “One who cried in the parliament for removing the infiltrators in 2005 from Bengal, is now shielding them. She has forgotten that the Chowkidar is alert and won’t let her succeed in her motives.”

Praising the turnout, photos of which went viral on social media due to its mammoth size, the PM said that the days of the Mamata Banerjee regime are numbered as “not only the BJP but even the people of Bengal have taken a stand against Didi”.

 

He said that the recent voting held in some of the constituencies of the state have dashed even the slightest hope Mamata Banerjee had.

Elections in West Bengal are being held in all seven phases.