PM Modi defends visiting temples in B’desh, says TMC calls people wearing saffron, sporting tilak ‘rakshas’


Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the Trinamool Congress convenor will have to account for the deaths of brothers, sisters and sons of the state.

While addressing a rally in Jaynagar town of West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, the PM also defended his visit to temples in Bangladesh. “I am not the one who shows reverence at temples seasonally. I always take pride in our faith and tradition,” said the PM after the TMC called his trip to Bangladesh unethical and violative of the Model Code of Conduct.

The PM further alleged that the TMC has issues with people wearing saffron, sporting tilak and choti (tuft of hair). “They (TMC) call them ‘rakshas’,” said PM Modi. Notably, Mamata Banerjee had ended her Nandigram Assembly Election campaign by proclaiming that she belongs to the Shandilya gotra of Brahmins. To this, BJP leader and Union Minister Giriraj Singh said that Mamata was announcing her gotra in desperation. Responding to Singh, TMC MP Mahua Mitra tweeted: “Union Minister Giriraj Says Mamata’s from ‘Rohingya Clan’ Proud of it. Far better than being from the Chotiwala Rakshasa Clan!”

“Mamata didi has issues with ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogan. Entire Bengal knows it. Didi has issues with Durga idol immersion. Entire Bengal knows it. Didi has now problems with vermillion and saffron cloth. Didi’s men now call chotiwalas as rakshasas,” said PM Modi in Jaynagar.

Expressing optimism, PM Narendra Modi at the election rally claimed that the BJP would win more than 200 seats in the Assembly Elections. “Some weeks ago, people of Bengal were saying that BJP will get more than 200 seats. But BJP’s strong start in the first phase makes it clear that the voices of people have received God’s blessing. BJP will get more than 200 seats in Bengal.”

The PM also took the West Bengal CM to task for saying that the BJP has brought “goons from Bihar and UP” to Nandigram. “Constitution doesn’t permit Mamata to speak against other states,” said the PM. In a related development, a complaint was filed against the West Bengal Chief Minister before a court in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur for her “goons from Bihar and UP” remark today. 

Meanwhile, PM Modi also claimed that Mamata Banerjee has urged leaders of other parties for help and support as she is afraid of losing elections.

In the second phase of Assembly Elections in West Bengal, 30 constituencies went to the polls today.


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