Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at party workers during an election rally ahead of the last phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Mau district, on Thursday. Photograph: PTI Photo
New Delhi, May 16 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said his government was committed towards Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s vision and promised to install his grand
statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by ‘TMC (Trinamool Congress) goondas‘.
Lashing out at Mamata Banerjee, the prime minister said he was going for a rally in Dum Dum later in the day but was not sure if the West Bengal Chief Minister will allow his helicopter to land.
“We have been witnessing the attitude of didi for long and now the country is also seeing it. Dedicated to the vision of Ishwar Chand Vidyasagar, our government will install a panchdhatu (made up of five metals) statue at the very spot and give a reply to TMC goondas,” he said while addressing a poll rally in Mau, Uttar Prdesh.
“The statue of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was broken by TMC goondas during the road show of BJP President Amit Shah. Those involved in this act should be given strong punishment,” the prime minister said.
Kolkata witnessed wide-spread violence during Bharatiya Janata Party president Shah’s massive road show on Tuesday. A bust of 19th century Bengali icon Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar was vandalised during the violence.
Modi charged that “anarchy” was spread by TMC workers during his earlier meetings in West Midnapore and Thakurnagar.
“In Cooch Behar in Bengal where a dais was to be set up for my rally, didi got a grand dais made for her party. I have been seeing this attitude of didi since long but now the country is seeing it,” he said.
“I have a rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if didi allows it. If she has her way she will not allow the helicopter to land,” Modi said.
Hitting back at BSP supremo Mayawati, who had attacked him over violence in West Bengal, Modi said, “The manner in which the West Bengal government has been targeting UPiites, Biharis and those from Purvanchal, I thought behenji will give a befitting reply but she is more concerned about power”.
Lashing out at the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance, he said those raising ‘Modi-hatao slogans are today frustrated. Uttar Pradesh has made their arithmetic all wrong and so their abuses have increased’.
“Actually the country has come to know the truth of these mahamilavatis… they all know that Modi hatao was just a slogan but actually their aim is to hide their corruption,” he said, adding they somehow want a ‘khichdi‘ and weak government which can be ‘blackmailed’ as per their needs.
“SP-BSP have made an opportunistic alliance. They have struck a deal at the top but on the ground their workers are still attacking each other,” he said.
“They are mistaken in thinking that SP and BSP votes will be transferred.They take some castes as their slaves,” he said, adding it appears they did not understood situation in 2014, 2017 polls but will now understand in 2019 that castes should not be treated as slave.
In the name of castes they gained power and used it for making bungalows and make their relatives ‘crorepatis‘ and ‘arabpatis‘, he charged.
“Be it bua or babua they have distanced themselves from people, created a tall wall of ‘darbaris‘ and yes men that they cannot see the ‘sukh dukh‘ of the poor,” he said.
While accusing the Opposition of creating hurdles in freeing Muslim daughters of the curse of triple talaq, he said, “Your sewak wants to empower daughters.”
He said ‘mahamilawatis‘ have fielded a candidate from Ghosi seat who is a rape accused and absconder.
The history of Samajwadi Party, the prime minister said, is known by the people of UP ‘but behenji, will you seek votes for such a candidate. All know what was the situation of betis during the Samajwadi Party rule but behenji your stand on the rape of a Dalit daughter in Alwar has brought your behaviour also under question”.
The government in Rajasthan is being run with the support of behenji but it tried to keep the rape incident hidden in view of elections… this attitude of behenji shows that for selfish interest anyone can be betrayed, he said.
Stressing that his government was committed to security of women, Modi said it was his government which brought death penalty in rape cases and pressing the button on lotus will mean death penalty for rapists.
Don’t need BJP’s money, Bengal has enough to rebuild Vidyasagar statue: Mamata
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Thursday Bengal does not need money from the BJP, it has enough resources to rebuild the Vidyasagar statue that was vandalised at a Kolkata college following Amit Shah’s roadshow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during a rally in Uttar Pradesh, had promised to install the statue at the same spot where it stood before being desecrated on Tuesday.
Addressing a rally in Mandirbazar, Banerjee said, “Modi has promised to rebuild the Vidyasagar statue in Kolkata. Why should we take their (BJP’s) money, Bengal has enough resources.”
She also attacked the BJP, claiming that vandalising statues was one of its habits and that the party has done so in Tripura as well.
“The BJP has destroyed 200-year-old heritage of West Bengal, those supporting the party will not be accepted by the society,” she warned.
Hitting out at the saffron party over its social media posts, the Trinamool Congress supremo also said that the BJP had been spreading canards over Facebook and Twitter.
“The BJP is trying to instigate people and cause riots with its fake posts on social media,” she added.