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April 29, 2019

Modi does not understand political courtesies: Mamata Banerjee at Swarupnagar

Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting at Swarupnagar in North 24 Parganas district today.

She said, that she has never seen a more riot-mongering prime minister who makes provocative speeches. She added that he does not even understand basic political courtesies, which is part of Bengali culture.

Highlights of her speech:

  • I give kurtas to the prime minister on behalf of Bangla. This is courtesy, and nothing for him to brag about. This is our culture. I send gifts to so many other dignitaries.
  • I treat even my worst enemy with respect, and stand by them in their times of need, because this is beyond politics. I have visited even the homes of my opponents. This is the culture of Bangla. We give respect to others. We share good things with others. This is a way of giving respect to the good things of Bangla.
  • This is a crucial election. Such a jealous, riot-instigating prime minister never occupied the chair of the prime minister before.
  • The BJP was running the government for five years, and such a dangerous government it was.
  • Narendra Modi never kept his promises – Rs 15 lakh for every person, for example. On the other hand, he tortured the people in the name of demonetisation.
  • He had promised ‘Achhe Din’, and what was it all about? 12,000 farmers committed suicide, 3 crore people became unemployed, prices of essential items increased, people were killed.
  • For four-and-a-half years he was touring the world, and now he comes here to accuse the government of helping chit funds. Chit funds are run by cheaters, and we don’t entertain cheaters. Your party is full of cheaters.
  • The chit fund case was started in 2014. It hasn’t been resolved till now. That’s the Central Government’s responsibility.
  • His own government has helped chit funds like PACL. He has aided Sahara
  • We passed laws in the Assembly against chit funds, but the Central Government is so jealous of Bangla that they did not pass them
  • Your party brings people for your meetings using agencies.
  • And I request the BSF not to follow the BJP’s orders. Do not threaten people. CRPF personnel must perform their duty. The State police protects people all through the year. This dirty politics will not be allowed in Bangla.
  • The Prime Minister is a liar. He claims we do not allow Durga Puja, Kali Puja in Bangla? Is this true? No. We celebrate all festivals with equal fervour.
  • People had asked me how I could under so quickly on November 8, 2016, that demonetisation would be so harmful. As a woman, as one who runs the family, I understand the real implication. It destroyed homes, famers, women’s savings.
  • Modi Babu, this is not my election, this is your election. I don’t need to give any answers; it is you who have to answer people on what you have done these five years.
  • There is a famous quotation: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.
  • The RSS is going around with boxes full of money. Have you been able to build a Ram Mandir for five years? No. And you pride yourself on being a Hindu!
  • And look at what I have done – I have renovated and developed the Tarakeswar Temple, Bakreswar, Kankalitala Temple, ISKCON Temple, constructed a skywalk at Dakshineshwar, among so many other things.
  • The names of 22 lakh Bengali Hindus and of 40 lakh Bengali Muslims have been removed from the NRC in Assam.
  • Even Bengalis have been gunned down as a result of this issue in Assam. It was only I who stood behind them. I had sent my MPs to meet the people affected.
  • And Modi comes here and says that he will impose NRC in Bengal. Such daring! Let me see how he does it here! There will be no NRC here.
  • And under the Citizenship Bill, you’ll be made a foreigner for six years, and only then be re-considered for citizenship. And not being citisms you will lose your livelihoods and all your rights.
  • There is unity in diversity here. Religion is personal, but festivals are for everyone.