Jalpaiguri, Apr 07 : Seasonal birds of the BJP visit Bengal during elections only, while the Trinamool works for the people throughout the year, said chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Trinamool Chairperson Mamata Banerjee today attended a public meeting at Churabhandar in Jalpaiguri district. In her speech, she said that the seasonal birds of BJP visit Bengal during elections only."Before 2016 polls, Modi babu and his ministers said they will take over closed tea gardens. They did not keep their promise,"Ms Banerjee told the gathering.
"They are seasonal birds who can be seen only during elections. We are working for the people 365 days a year," she said. "I regularly come to north Bengal. I am working hard for the progress of this region," she added. "They are creating divisions between Hills and Terai-Dooars. The BJP candidate was responsible for violence and tension between Hills and Terai-Dooars,"she alleged. "The BJP is stoking the fire of violence in Hills and we are dousing it,"she said.
Hitting out at BJP, she said,"Where was the BJP when the Hills were burning? Now when peace reigns in Bengal, they are coming here with a bouquet of lies, out of envy."
"North Bengal was neglected for years on end. The region lagged behind in development,"she claimed. "We set up the a mini-secretariat – Uttarkanya – in Jalpaiguri district,"Ms Banerjee said. "One closed tea garden has reopened today. We congratulate the workers,"she said. "We set up the Circuit Bench of Calcutta High Court in Jalpaiguri. The PM only made false claims – our government allocated funds and land for setting it up," she remarked.
"We set up world-class Biswa Bangla Krirangan in Jalpaiguri. We started Bhorer Aalo tourism project in Gajoldoba. We have started a new road project connecting north Bengal with Bhutan, Nepal and Bangladesh,"she said. "This is not an election to elect the CM of Bengal. This is an election for the Lok Sabha," the TMC supremo told the people. "Where were you for the last 5 years? Now you have come here just before elections,"she said. "Where was Modi babu when north Bengal was suffering from floods? Have you no shame, seeking votes now?"she questioned the PM.
"We passed a resolution to change the name of the State twice in the Assembly but they have even blocked that. What is your problem with ‘Bangla’?" she asked.
"They are killing people in the name of gau-raksha. They should be ashamed," Ms Banerjee said. "They are offering money to people to attend their rallies and vote for them. It is not their money. It is people’s money,"she said. "You can take the youth to your rally by offering money. What will happen after elections? Will they get jobs?"she questioned. "I have worked with many prime ministers in the past. I have never seen a PM with such low mentality, so uncouth and lacking courtesies,"she remarked.
"Sarada-Narada-Hawala leader is now BJP leader. He was sharing the stage with the PM today. Our party expelled him,"she said making an indirect attack on BJP leader Mukul Roy.
"He is conducting rallies with person accused in hawala case. They say Didi is afraid. Yeah sure. Didi fights from front. She is not afraid of lock-up. Didi has been attacked many times. My life has been one of struggle,"she said. "Women will not take any insult lightly. They run the family as well as the nation. Do not underestimate them,"she commented. "They are spreading lies in the name of army and central forces. They think they can win elections by shifting out some officers. If the Chief Secretary of Andhra Pradesh can be changed, why should Union cabinet secretary not be changed?"Mamta questioned.
"Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Andhra are being raided by CBI. They are misusing the agencies to target the Opposition,"she alleged. "When you will be out of power, no one will listen to you. People will reject you,"she said. "From RBI to CBI, everyone is saying bye bye,"the TMC supremo remarked. Taking a jibe at PM Modi, she said,"He used to say he is chaiwala. After 5 years, he has turned into chowkidar." "The real chowkidars, who guard the ATMs, are not getting salaries. Why are BSNL employees not getting salaries?"she asked. "We have our own health insurance scheme Swasthya Sathi, with a cover upto Rs 5 lakh. 7.5 crore people will benefit. The cards will be issued in the name of the women of the family (to empower them). Why should we pay 40% funds for Ayushman Bharat?"she questioned.
"We are giving Rs 5000 per acre annually to farmers under Krishak Bandhu scheme. We are paying the entire premium of crop insurance," she said. "Khajna tax and mutation fees on agricultural land have been waived off. We give Rs 1,500 to workers of closed tea gardens. We provide electricity and water for free to the tea gardens," she said.
"Debi Chaudhurani temple in Jalpaiguri was destroyed in fire; we are restoring it. We have renovated Jalpesh Shiv Mandir here," she informed. "My best wishes to the new voters. You must ask the ‘Expiry Prime Minister’ what happened to the promise of generating 10 crore jobs," she said.
"In 2017-18 alone, 2 crore people lost their jobs due to demonetisation. They promised to bring back black money and deposit Rs 15 lakh in every bank account. Have you received it?"Ms Banerjee asked the voters. "They only carry out canards and propaganda. In this election, bring about change in the government at Centre. Bengal will have a decisive say in the formation of next government,"she declared. "They are threatening to throw people out of Bengal in the name of NRC. I dare them to even touch one person, we will show them their place,"she said.
"As per the Citizenship Amendment Bill, you will lose your citizenship for six years. Then if they want they will give you citizenship. Why? You are already citizens. Those who came to India before March 25, 1971, are citizens of India,"she said. "We have told the people of Assam, if they are thrown out, Bengal will give them shelter,"Ms Banerjee told the gathering. "Modi is very scared of Mamata Banerjee because when everyone else remains silent, we raise our voice in protest,"she said. "They do not believe the Constitution. They want to change history,"she remarked. "It was our government that set up Panchanan Barma University in Cooch Behar. We set up the Rajbanshi Academy,"she pointed out. "We gave official language status to Rajbanshi, Kamtapuri, Kurukh, Nepali, Ol Chiki, Gurmukhi and many other languages,"she said. "The youth of the nation must rise and bring about change at Centre,"Ms Banerjee appealed to the voters. (UNI)