With election campaigns gaining momentum in poll-bound West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally in Kolkata and launched a frontal attack on the TMC government saying that its game of corruption and loot was over now. He retorted to Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Khela Hobe’ war cry, a TMC rap that has gone viral in the state with all the political parties now coming up with their own versions of the campaign song.
Throwing down the gauntlet to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, PM Modi said, “Didi, listen to this. TMC ka khela shesh. Khel khatam, vikas shuru (TMC’s game is over. The game ends, development begins)”.
Accusing the ruling TMC of corruption, the Prime Minister said the Mamata Banerjee government has indulged in so many scams that a ‘Corruption Olympics’ can be organised.
Kolkata’s sprawling Brigade Parade Ground witnessed a massive crowd as lakhs of BJP supporters converged to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. People wearing saffron scarves painted the state capital saffron and the ground reverberated with the chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and Bharat Mata Ki Jai’.
The Prime Minister urged the people to fearlessly vote for the BJP against the bad governance of the TMC and for the development of West Bengal.
In the Kolkata rally, PM Modi gave a call for ‘asol poriborton’ (real change) in Bengali. He said that the people of Bengal want a true change in the state and the BJP can deliver that with 24×7 work bringing in development, investment and industries for the reconstruction of West Bengal.
The Prime Minister said, “I have known Didi for long. She is not the Didi I knew, her remote control is with someone else. Which is why she is speaking against the culture of Bengal.
He also reminded the voters how Mamata Banerjee has been making personal attacks on him calling him ‘Ravana’, ‘Daanav’, ‘Monster’ and a goon. PM Modi questioned the West Bengal CM why was she so angry with him.
Elections in West Bengal will be held in eight rounds spread over 33 days starting from March 27. Addressing his first mega rally in Kolkata after the announcement of poll dates, the Prime minister invoked the dream of ‘Sonar Bangla’ (Golden Bengal), saying that “Bengal wants ‘shanti’, ‘sonar Bangla’, ‘pragatisheel Bangla'” and only the BJP can fulfill that dream.
Mithun joins BJP, calls himself Cobra
Meanwhile, in a big boost to the BJP in West Bengal, Actor Mithun Chakraborty finally joined the party just ahead of the Prime Minister rally in Kolkata and delivered a stirring speech for the crowd waiting for PM Modi at the Brigade Parade Ground.
The actor called himself a Cobra saying it would be a mistake to consider him a harmless snake. Ami joldhorao noi, bele borao noi… ami ekta cobra, ek chobol-ei chhobi.