Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned on Saturday that his Bharatiya Janata Celebration (BJP) will appoint a “bhumiputra (son of the soil)” because the chief minister after it wins West Bengal and that he’ll attend the swearing-in ceremony, remarks that got here within the backdrop of the Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s criticism that the BJP is a celebration of “outsiders”.
At a rally in Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas district, he additionally sharpened his criticism of chief minister Mamata Banerjee, saying that she is going to lose the high-profile Nandigram seat and that she is planning to contest the Varanasi Lok Sabha seat after “sensing defeat” in Bengal. Modi, a two-term MP from Varanasi, pressured that the individuals within the historic metropolis are large-hearted, although Banerjee would possibly discover them chanting Jai Shri Ram. The slogan has emerged as a bone of competition within the ballot season, with the BJP accusing the CM of objecting to its chanting on plenty of events.
His statements look like a response to the TMC telling Modi, who earlier this week requested Banerjee to make clear whether or not she was searching for a protected second seat, to concentrate on Varanasi as an alternative. The BJP believes it is going to trump the CM within the high-profile Nandigram constituency.
“It is sure that Didi (as Banerjee is popularly called) is losing…when the BJP will form the government in Bengal, I will personally come here to attend the swearing-in ceremony. The next chief minister in Bengal will be a bhumiputra (son of the soil). I would like to tell government officials to prepare a list of beneficiaries of central schemes (in areas) where the voting is over in the first two phases so that there should not be any delay in Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT),” he mentioned.
The BJP accuses the TMC of halting central schemes and depriving individuals of the advantages, whereas Banerjee’s occasion questions the opponent’s Bengali credentials and says voters is not going to select a political outfit of “outsiders”. In what seems to be a countermove, the BJP maintains a son of the soil will turn out to be chief minister if it wins the elections.
“Didi is now planning to contest the Lok Sabha elections (in 2024) from Varanasi. This clearly shows that Didi has accepted her defeat in Bengal…Didi is trying to find places for herself outside Bengal. Didi, just like the people of Bengal, the people of Kashi have big hearts and they won’t call you an outsider or a tourist.
“…but yes you may come across people and devotees chanting Jai Shri Ram, Har Har Mahadev…people with chotis and tilak. Didi, it is my earnest request that please don’t get irritated or angry with this…,” he mentioned, taking one other pot shot on the CM.
The Prime Minister repeated his argument that the TMC had deliberate to area Banerjee from a protected seat after realising that she is going to lose Nandigram, the place she is contesting in opposition to her lieutentant-turned-aide Suvendu Adhikari, however added that the CM’s occasion understood that such a transfer could be counterproductive.
“…but there are some sensible people around her who suggested to her that if she contests from another seat, then it would be (a)…major mistake. They also suggested that if Didi loses both seats, then it will be difficult for the TMC to survive politically in Bengal,” he mentioned.
Earlier this week, after Modi took a dig at Banerjee by saying she might be searching for a protected seat, the chief minister exuded confidence that she is going to win Nandigram and reminded the PM that “we are not your party members that we will do whatever you say”. Nandigram voted on April 1 within the second of the eight-phase polling course of.
Modi additionally described the TMC as “Taka Maar Company (party which swindles money)”, coming down closely on it over corruption prices. “Didi, the people of Bengal have given their verdict, and it is clear with the first two phases. They have decided that you have to leave Nabanna (state secretariat).”