There are riots in Gujarat but in West Bengal it does not happen, she says
Continuing her tirade against the Bharatiya Janata Party, Trinamool Congress chairperson and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that she “loves people of Gujarat but does not like chants of NaMo NaMo” (the abbreviated name of BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi).
Some people ask me why I do not take his (Mr. Modi’s) name. Why should I? I adhere to decorum in politics and maintain my Lakshman rekha,” she said addressing the gathering of party workers at Krishnanagar in West Bengal’s Nadia’s district. Drawing a comparison between the development indicators of Gujarat and West Bengal, she said the population in Gujarat is less than West Bengal and they cannot be compared.
“There are 27 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat while West Bengal has 42. Gujarat has got huge amounts of funds from Centre for its development but from Bengal’s kitty, money is being deducted. If Rs. 74,000 crore is deducted from the exchequer of Gujarat, then I will see if the chants of NaMo NaMo continue or it turns into No and No,” she said.
The Trinamool Congress leader has been claiming that Centre has deducted Rs. 74,000 crore from the State’s exchequer as interest and repayment of loans incurred by the previous Left Front governments.
Accusing the BJP of being “communal,” Ms. Banerjee said, “There are riots in Gujarat but in West Bengal it does not happen.”
The Trinamool Congress described the BJP as a “seasonal bird” and reiterated that its candidates are in the poll fray only to divide the votes and help the candidates of the Communist Party of India (Marxist).
Warns BJP against dividing Bengal
Speaking at another rally in the State’s North 24 Parganas district, Ms. Banerjee issued a stern warning to the BJP saying “keep away from Bengal.”
“BJP says it is in favour of smaller States. One fine day you will wake up and see that Bongaon and Barasat have become new States. I sternly warn you against dividing my State, my Bengal. Keep away from my Bengal,” she said.
The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) which is in favour of separate Gorkhaland State has announced its support to BJP candidate in Darjeeling S.S. Ahluwalia. Mr. Ahluwalia said that Gorkhaland demand is not “unconstitutional”.
Accusing the Congress and BJP of tying up to create separate State of Telangana, Ms. Banerjee said that Bill for creation of the State, if challenged in a Court, will be declared illegal.