To keep his party have some relevance in the Indian national politics in the Lok Sabha elections, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Sunday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as ‘pickpocket’ and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee his ‘associate’.
Addressing a Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade ground here, Yechury described Trinamool Congress chief Banerjee as ‘pickpocket’ Modi’s associate, robbing the nation and West Bengal.
The CPI-M chief said a pickpocket has an associate who saves him when he is caught, “The associate is in Bengal, your Trinamool Congress supremo. This pair is committing atrocities on you, looting you.”
Yechury appeared to be following the footprints of Congress president Rahul Gandhi in attacking the Prime Minister.
He likened Modi to a ‘chowkidar’ (guard) selling dreams and looting the country instead of remaining vigilant and awake, Yechury contended, he has to be removed and an alternative secular government installed for ushering in policies benefiting the country and its people.
“Modi calls himself a chowkidar and says everybody has ganged up and hatched a conspiracy to remove the chowkidar of the country because they want to loot the nation…The job of a chowkidar is to remain awake and vigilant.
“But Modi only sells dreams and loots the country. We don’t want such a chowkidar. Time has come to sack him. We will remove him and the policies in our country will change for the welfare of the people,” Yechury said.
Taking a dig at the January 19 rally of 23 anti-BJP parties at the same venue, Yechury said they only talked of removing the Modi government.
“But you have to remove the Trinamool also from power in West Bengal. By letting one continue, you can’t remove the other. If you want to save both the country and Bengal from ruin, you need to remove both of them.”
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Alleging that democratic rights were being throttled in Bengal, the veteran Marxist warned that if attempts were made to stop the Left, “then the fire of resistance will spread all across”.
He said during the 34-year Left Front rule, Bengal was a picture of communal amity. “But now that is being threatened. They (the ruling Trinamool and the Opposition BJP) are dividing people on communal lines. An atmosphere of violence and hatred is being created across the country.