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April 13, 2019

Your first vote should be for development, not destruction: Mamata Banerjee at Siliguri

Your first vote should be for development, not destruction: Mamata Banerjee at Siliguri

Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee addressed a public meeting at Siliguri today.

She appealed to the new, young voters to vote for development and integrity of the country, and not for the destructive politics of BJP.

Highlights of her speech:

I want to congratulate my young generation. Our Utkarsh Bangla has been declared the best project out of 1,600 projects from across the world

Under Utkarsh Bangla scheme, we provide skill training to 6 lakh youths every year. They get placement after the training

In 2017-18, 2 crore jobs were lost across the nation. We reduced unemployment by 40%

Like Kanyashree, Utkarsh Bangla has now conquered the world. Even Sabooj Sathi has been declared a runner-up by UN

We have a lot of hope from new voters. They will shape the country. They will lay the foundation for future India

The young generation will build a new India. You must come forward, give a vision to the country. They must lead the country

I dedicate Utkarsh Bangla project to my young generation. Bengal leads the way in the world

Akhilesh Yadav said Bengal and UP will lead the country in the days to come. I welcome his statement and congratulate him

CPI(M) will not win anywhere except Kerala. Congress will also not be able to form a government on its own. Regional parties will play an important role

Do not waste your vote. Wherever regional parties are contesting, they must be strengthened

Trinamool will play a role in the formation of government at Centre

BJP spreads hate and violence. They even seek votes in the name of armed forces. This is deplorable

Religion does not preach violence and hate. Religion stands for humanism.

Of late, some people have started a new trend – a new religion of hate and division. This is not in sync with Bengali culture

Some political parties are using this religion of hate for political means. They are fascist

The fascist forces must stop use religion for politics. Religion is personal. We respect all religions

Model code of conduct is under effect. We cannot violate it. But, using Ram Navami as an excuse, some people have hit the streets with arms to seek vote

Saffron stands for sacrifice and piety. Their soul is dark and black. They cannot hide their true nature with saffron robes

Every community has their own festivals. This is the culture of Bengal. This is the culture of India

I offer puja to Maa Kali on Poila Boishakh every year. I have been following this tradition for the last few decades

What have we not done for Siliguri and north Bengal? Earlier this region was neglected. I come regularly to north Bengal

From roads to new railway lines, Bengal Safari Park, Teesta theme city, Bhorer Aalo, new secretariat Uttarkanya – we have taken several initiatives for north Bengal

Demonetisation destroyed the savings of our mothers and sisters. Businesses were affected due to GST

The big fascist leader is running the country as per his whims.

What you eat should be your choice. They have stopped non-vegetarian food on Air India. Why?

Some BJP leaders claim Mamata Banerjee has stopped Durga Puja in Bengal. They says Saraswati Puja has been stopped. Can they even recite the mantras of Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja?

Dalits and minorities have been persecuted in the last five years. Every vote will ensure the defeat of Modi

They tap my phones, including personal conversations I have with my family members

They are undermining people’s democratic rights. Every institution has been undermined

They are targeting the Opposition with the agencies like CBI and ED

I have struggled against the CPI(M). I fought fearlessly against them. I am not afraid of the BJP either

The CPI(M)-BJP-Congress have an understanding. We have seen that during Panchayat elections

They said they will implement NRC in Bengal. I will not even allow them to implement N, forget RC

Those who are already citizens of the country will be declared foreigner for six years under Citizenship Amendment Bill. Whether they will become citizens again will depend on their whims

Using money power, they spread fake news on social media. Facebook has become fakebook.

He travelled the world for five years and now he claims to be chowkidar

They are using army’s name to seek votes. Before calling the army Modi ka Sena, the BJP must recall the sacrifices of our brave jawans

Your first vote should be for the country’s integrity and development, not for Modi who will destroy the country

Our candidate Amar Singh Rai is a perfect gentleman. He will be the bridge between hills and plains.

To save the country, to save the rights of individuals, vote for Trinamool.