Trinamool Congress MP Abhishek Banerjee today addressed two public meetings at Sitalkuchi and Tufanganj, both in Cooch Behar district.
Highlights of his speeches:
I begin by paying my respects to candidate Paresh Chandra Adhikari, blessed by our leader Mamata Banerjee, and all the leaders present here, and to all of you who have come he to attend the meeting.
Vote for Paresh Adhikari, but remember that you are actually voting for Mamata Banerjee and her positive politics.
This meeting was arranged at short notice and hence, want to thank you the more for filling this venue up to the brim.
I am very happy to see the cheerful faces all around, and this proves that only Trinamool Congress has organisational capacity in Cooch Behar; others don’t even have a fraction that capacity.
People who were once small-time bike-borne intruders now go around with the BJP’s CISF force threatening people.
The rejects of the Trinamool are now the jewels of the BJP.
And the less said about the CPI(M) and the Congress, the better.
I am requesting all of you to vote for the ‘Jora Phool’ symbol on April 11.
Across the country I’ve heard the refrain, ‘Deshi ka netri kaisi ho/Mamata Banerjee jaisi ho’.
We have fought the BJP for five years, both inside and outside the Parliament.
The source of our power is you, the people – without you there would have been no ‘poriborton’, and without you, she would not have been able to make the call for throwing the BJP out of power
Narendra Modi is coming to Siliguri today. He comes here only before elections, never otherwise, same with Surya Mishra, Somen Mitra and Dilip Ghosh.
We in the Trinamool Congress know that we have the support of the mothers and daughters here, and any party which has woman power in its support is sure to win.
We promise to bring development in Cooch Behar three times that what was done in the last five years.
Mamata Banerjee’s workers stay by your side all year round while the prime minister and his party people come here once a year, like ‘shyama poka’ before Kali Puja and Diwali.
We have to take the vow here to ensure that the candidates who nothing but fakes in saffron garb, lose so badly in the general elections that they lose even their deposits.
We help you in every way possible – be it for helping solve any major family problem or calling the fire brigade or ensuring you get your due widow pension or retirement pension or Kanyashree or Yuvashree stipend or Rupashree grant or Gatidhara or Samabyathi or Baitarani grant or Gitanjali or Nijo Bhumi Nijo Griha.
Mamata Banerjee helps people by doing developmental work irrespective of colour, caste, creed or religion.
The 2019 election is an extremely crucial election because in 2014 the prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi had shown us a grand dream, had said that two crore people would get jobs every year, that every person will get Rs 15 lakh in their account.
But the reality is that nobody has received even 15 paise, on the other hand, we have seen the BJP building a seven-start party office in Delhi by spending Rs 1,200 crore.
Our chief minister though has kept her words – university in the name of Panchanan Barma, medical and engineering colleges, roads, piped drinking water, ITSs, polytechnics, schools, madrasahs.
The prime minister of the country had earlier said that he was a tea-seller, but our chief minister still lives in a small, tile-roofed house and governs the 10 crore people of the State from there, and ensures that the wave of development reaches every one of them.
Now he’s calling himself a chowkidar. I say, the country does not need a chowkidar like him – a chowkidar under whose watch Nirav Modi, Lalit Modi, Vijay Mallya and Mehul Choksi escaped from the country after looting thousands of crores of people’s money.
They haven’t been able to scare us to submission.
Netaji had said, give me your bloods and I’ll give you freedom; now Mamata Banerjee is saying, ensure for me 42 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats, and I’ll ensure a secular, forward-looking, peace-loving government at the Centre.
Eighty years ago, a Bengali leader (Netaji) had said ‘Dilli Chalo’, now 80 years later another Bengali leader (Mamata Banerjee) is saying ‘Dilli Chalo’. We must all heed her call.
Our prime minister has not done anything for the people here – why is he so callously uncaring for the people of the Chhitmahals? Why hasn’t the Centre taken any decision on the airport in Cooch Behar?
Mamata Banerjee has come here again and again, she has visited your houses even more than the local panchayat members.
No other chief minister has held administrative meetings the way Mamata Banerjee has done.
The BJP is picking up our garbage and putting them on pedestals; given ticket to a criminal here.
The people of Cooch Behar has realised that ‘chowkidar is a chor’, letting people like Nirav Modi escape while sucking his thumb.
We have to drive Modi out of the country.
Drive the BJP away – Modi is the ‘shani’’, Amit Shah the ‘rahu’’ and leaders like Dilip Ghosh and others, the ‘ketus’.
Cooking gas, kerosene, petrol all have gone up. GST has caused much loss to businesses.
The more the BJP has lost the more the prices have come down, GST has come down.
Now they have GST on biscuits we eat everyday at the rate of 18% and on gold biscuits which only the super-rich buy, at 3%.
They had thought about dividing the people of Bangla. Now they’ve realised that chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ has become useless.
Mamata Banerjee has never played with religion like the BJP has. Don’t teach us about religion.
What Mamata Banerjee has done for the Hindus, nobody else has; she has also done much for Muslims, for Sikhs, for Christians, for Jews. We have never played the politics of division.
Members of the BJP are indulging in corruption, so much so that only for them has ‘Achhe Din’ come. The wealth of Jay Shah, son of Amit Shah, has increased from Rs 50,000 to Rs 80 crore in a short span of time.
Narendra Modi had said that he would fight against corruption. But what do we see? He has made the candidate for Cooch Behar such a person who has 11 criminal cases against him. There can be nothing worse than this.
Mamata Banerjee is our ideal, our guiding light, and we have always walked the path shown by her. We had vowed to fight against the BJP, Congress and CPI(M), and we have kept our word.
On May 23 the BJP will realise that all the support for ‘Padma Phool’ has been converted into support for ‘Jora Phool’.
After May 23, the BJP would be wiped out of power.