‘Only motto of UPA govt is Narendra Modi roko’
The BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi on Wednesday trained his guns on the Congress-led UPA government at Centre, saying that their only objective was ‘Modi roko’(stop Modi). At a Kolkata rally, he said that the Congress’s move to tie up with the jail-tainted Lalu Prasad will not win them the new government after the polls.
At his sarcastic best, Modi said that the Congress had engaged a team to scour for new abuses (gaalis) targeting Modi. On the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Modi raked up the issue of migration from neighbouring Bangladesh, asserting ‘infiltrators’ would have to leave if he was voted to power.
Addressing his fifth rally in Bengal this election season, Modi asked why chief minister Banerjee had changed her stand on the ‘infiltration’ issue. ‘In August 2005, Mamata Banerjee had thrown a bunch of papers at the Lok Sabha Speaker to protest against the infiltration from Bangladesh. How could she change so drastically?’ he asked. Modi was addressing a rally in Krishnanagar, a town around 130 km north of state capital Kolkata.
More than 30 immigrants from Bangladesh were killed in the Assam violence recently. Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah accused Modi of inciting tension. Nevertheless, Modi reiterated in Krishnanagar, ‘Those who have infiltrated into Bengal… who were allowed to arrive to act as vote banks will have to go back. Even the Supreme Court has said there has been large-scale infiltration along the borders’.
Addressing a rally in Barasat on the outskirts of Kolkata, Modi said, ‘Let me be specific. Refugees and infiltrators are not the same. For refugees there is room in all corners of India. They have come to find a place in the lap of Bharat maa (Mother India). But infiltrators have come to control India’, he said.
The Gujarat chief minister also took a dig at Banerjee over crimes against women in Bengal. ‘Gujarat is a state of sisters (behens) and Bengal is a state of mothers (maa). But why should Bengal be among the state where atrocities are high against mothers and sisters?’ he asked.
Turning the heat on Banerjee, Modi added, ‘We were proud of Didi since she took on the Left parties singlehandedly in the state. But in the past two years, the woman who used to fight so valiantly has started hankering after power.’ During his previous visit to the state, Modi had attacked the chief minister over the multi-crore Saradha scam in the state, triggering a bitter war of words.