Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday obliquely described Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as “speed breaker of development”.
Addressing a political rally in the afternoon in the State’s Siliguri city, the Prime Minster said: “There is a speed breaker in West Bengal, which you know by the name of “Didi”… This “Didi” is the speed breaker of your development…if poverty is eliminated, Didi’s policies will be scrapped.”
Modi blamed Banerjee’s aides and ministers as to have “looted the poor”.
He said: “There was a chit fund scam in West Bengal and “Didi’s” ministers, officials and aides ran away with the money of my poor brother and sisters. They have looted the poor people.”
On Ayushman Bharat Scheme, Modi chose to underline that recognising the concern of the poor, the NDA government at the Centre launched the Ayushman Bharat Scheme.
“We told the poor people that in case of sickness, they will be treated free of cost up to Rs. 5 lakh at hospitals and they won’t have to spend a single penny. But what did the “speed breaker didi” do? She put a break on a scheme which would have helped the poor.”
The Prime Minister said: “Didi has also put a break on the development of more than 70 lakh farmer households in West Bengal. Money is being directly transferred to the farmers’ bank accounts under the PM Kisan Samman Yojana in various states of the country.”
“I am waiting for this “speed breaker” to go so that development can gather speed,” he added.
On a day when Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad talked of ‘excesses by some security personnel in Kashmir and need to review Armed Forces Special Provision Act (AFSPA), Modi chose to touch upon the issue of security forces.
“AFSPA is a protective shield for the country’s soldiers so that they can take any step for the security of the country fearlessly. But the Congress wants to snatch it away from the army. Be assure that Modi is here, who will not let any intruders walk away.”
The Prime Minister also chose to warn the hooligans. “Those who are doing vandalism on the payroll of the TMC, I want to warn them that they should leave all this, otherwise as soon as the BJP forms a government here, they will be straightened.”
A little later, the Prime Minister was addressing a public rally in Kolkata.
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