West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Monday called prime minister Narendra Modi the ‘greatest danger’ for the country and said she will give her life to ensure that no riot takes place in the state, reports NDTV. She alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party is targeting her nephew and Diamond Harbour Lok Sabha Trinamool Congress candidate Abhishek Banerjee and is ready to splurge to orchestrate a riot in the area.
’It is Modi’s target to start a riot at Diamond Harbour. He is ready to splurge any amount for the purpose,’ Banerjee said at a poll rally in support of her nephew at Metiabruz in the south western part of the city ahead of the final round of polls in the state.
’Where will the country go if Narendra Modi comes to power again? He is the greatest danger of the country. West Bengal is a place where all religions co-exist. I will give my life to see that no riot takes place in the state’, she said.
Hitting out at her detractors who have blamed her for minority appeasement, Banerjee said ’People accuse me of appeasing Muslims. What do you mean by appeasement? The Muslims are also people of the state. What nasty politics is the BJP doing?’
Metiabruz is a predominantly Muslim area, historically the place where the last Nawab of Awadh Wajid Ali Shah was exiled by the British. Known as the second Lucknow, it is famous for its large tailoring community who supply ready-made garments to traders across east India.
She alleged that the BJP is after her nephew and is spreading rumours about him. ’What wrong has he done? He is just a member of my family and is engaged in politics.’
At Birlapur in South 24 Parganas, she said that PM Modi should be ’thrown out of power’ to save the country. ’We (TMC) want all the 42 seats in West Bengal so that TMC can have a say in the formation of the Delhi government’, she said.
Ms Banerjee has been claiming for sometime that her party will play an important role at the Centre and in the formation of the new government after the general elections.
Speaking at yet another rally at Namkhana in the Sundarbans in South 24 Parganas, Banerjee asked voters not to give a single vote to PM Modi as the country will be destroyed by him.
PM Modi had not done anything for the country for the past five years, she claimed.
’If you choose the ’chowkidar’ as Prime Minister, the country will be destroyed by him. The voters can oust him by not giving a single vote to BJP,’ the Trinammol Congress supremo said.
’BJP has killed and lynched minorities, advisasis and journalists also’, she alleged.
’There is nothing to get afraid of the BJP. Don’t vote for it. Also, if a single vote goes to CPI-M and Congress, it will strengthen BJP’s hands’.
Ms Banerjee attacked PM Modi for demonetisation, which she alleged, had ’killed’ three crore jobs in the country and affected farming practices.
Prices of petrol, gas, diesel has risen over the last five years, she said.
Referring to West Bengal, she blamed the BJP government for going back on its words to construct the Tajpur port.
The state will develop the Tajpur deep sea port on its own as the Centre did nothing to start work on the project in the past three years, she had declared in January.
Banerjee said the TMC government has been able to bring down unemployment in the state by about 40 per cent, while demonetisation had taken away three crore jobs across the country.