Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a rally in Cooch Behar on Sunday took a fresh swipe at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing her once again as the “speed-breaker”. The PM’s rally came just days after Banerjee held a rally in this Lok Sabha constituency.
In a fresh salvo at the Trinamool Congress supremo, the PM said that Didi has lost her sleep because she can feel the ground slipping away from under her feet.
“The more you chant ‘Modi Modi’, the more someone loses their sleep. You know who they are? ‘Speed breaker’. The speed-breaker of West Bengal – Didi. She is losing her sleep and is taking out her anger on her officers, on Election Commission,” the PM said referring to Banerjee’s stinging letter to the EC over the transfer of four top West Bengal police officers just days before the start of polling.
“Rajneeti mein zameen khisakna kya hota hai agar kisi ko samajhna ho to didi ki baukhlahat, didi ka gussa, itne se hi samajh sakta hai, (One can understand what slipping of one’s ground in politics means from Didi’s anger and frustration.)” the PM told the massive gathering of supporters at the Rash Mela ground in this constituency of north Bengal.
Recalling the ‘Ma, Maati, Manush’ slogan of the TMC, the PM also criticised Banerjee for insulting ‘Ma’ and betraying ‘Maati’.
“The promise of ‘Ma Maati Maanush’ is on one hand and the truth of TMC on the other hand. For vote bank politics, Didi forgot ‘Ma’ and sided with those who raise slogans of ‘Bharat ke tukde tukde’. This is an insult to ‘Ma’,” the PM said as the mammoth gathering cheered.
“Didi betrayed ‘Maati’ when she tried to protect infiltrators for her political benefit. When she handed over the people of West Bengal to goons of TMC, she shattered the hopes of ‘Maanush’,” he added.
Today’s rally was the PM’s third in the state ever since the announcement of the election dates.
On 3 April, the PM attended two back-to-back rallies in West Bengal. At the Siliguri rally, the PM had called Banerjee a “speed-breaker” on the path of the state’s progress.
“There is a speed-breaker in West Bengal which you know by the name of ‘Didi’. This ‘Didi’ is the speed-breaker in your development,” Modi said.
His second rally was held in Kolkata’s Brigade Ground, where the PM slammed both the Congress and the TMC for asking for proof of Balakot airstrike.
The PM said that the “some people have started insulting the country in their quest to demean Modi at a time when we are moving towards realising the dream of Swami Vivekananda”.
Later on the day, Banerjee held a rally in Cooch Behar where she countered PM Modi’s “speed-breaker” jibe by claiming that farmer income increased and unemployment decreased during her rule.
Addressing a rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district on Wednesday, the Trinamool Congress chief also mocked the PM calling him “expiry babu” and challenged him to a “direct debate” on TV or at a public rally.
Banerjee is scheduled to hold a rally at Rash Mela ground in Cooch Behar on 8 April.