Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked the people of Bengal for their ‘love’ towards him and his party, the BJP, but advised them to show patience. Speaking at an election rally in Durgapur, Modi alleged that the BJP supporters were being routinely harassed by the ruling Trinamool workers in West Bengal.
He said, “The way the ruling party and the government here are treating BJP supporters, it is bound to cause pain to you. That’s why you need to be patient. I have been made aware of whatever has happened here last night.”
BJP workers had alleged that they were assaulted by Trinamool supporters on Friday night adding that the ruling party supporters also pulled down hoardings and banners announcing PM Modi’s visit. Durgapur is represented by singer-turned-politician Babul Supriyo in the Lok Sabha.
Modi also took a potshot at Banerjee as said, “Didi loses her sleep if the poor in Bengal utter the name of Modi.”
Pointing at one of his ‘injured’ supporters, Modi said that his courage had brought him to the rally despite sustaining injuries in the attack by Trinamool workers. He promised his supporters that their sacrifice will not go in vain.
West Bengal Chief Mamata Banerjee, for her part, also alleged that the Modi government was busy using its agencies to harass her colleagues ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. The Trinamool supremo said that she wouldn’t be surprised if tomorrow the Modi government chooses to arrest her cook.
“I don’t blame the officers, because they are compelled to do that. I am told that Narendra Modi ji summons officers to his residence. He then tells them do something, do something to bring down the Opposition in the eyes of the people,” she was quoted by news agency IANS.
The blame game between the two parties has intensified ahead of the Lok Sabha polls since the BJP has set it eyes on West Bengal with an intention to topple the Trinamool government. It hopes to win as many Lok Sabha seats as possible in the parliamentary polls before aiming to win the next assembly polls.