Prime Minister Narendra Modi has charged Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee with orchestrating violence against BJP cadre in Bengal.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, meanwhile, has warned that those responsible for the death of over 100 of his partymen, would not go unaccounted for when the BJP forms a government in 2021.
Addressing rallies at Durgapur and North 24 Parganas, on Saturday, the Prime Minister, accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of showing no interest in development, saying, “it is known for extorting Triple T – ‘Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax from higher education aspirants.”
He said, “We approved `90,000 crore worth of infrastructure projects but the TMC did not implement them as it wanted a share of the malai (cream). Since the extortion syndicate found no malai, there was no development.”
At the rally at Thakurnagar, the bastion of Dalit reformist movement Matua Mahasangh, the Prime Minister promised more sops if the BJP is voted back to power.
“Some three crore middle class youth will be benefited by the raise in tax exemption bar to `5 lakh. We will soon release the `2,000 portion of the `6,000 amount in Kisan Samman Nidhi Yojna through which over 12 crore farmers will be benefited. This is just a trailer.”
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It may be remembered the Thakurnagar engagement was preceded by a visit to the Matua matriarch Binapani Debi. She commands the loyalty of some 30 lakh Matuas who have migrated to India since 1955. The form an impressive chunk of voters capable of swinging results in at least five parliamentary segments in 24 Parganas.