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PM kickstarts poll campaign in Bengal; Seeks support for Citizenship Bill
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PM kickstarts poll campaign in Bengal; Seeks support for Citizenship Bill

Thakurnagar, Feb 2: Ahead of the Lok Sabha election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday kickstarted a mega public rally here in 24 Parganas district of West Bengal and sought support for the Citizenship Bill.

Addressing the rally, Modi said that his government brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill. “I am asking the Trinamool to support it,” the Prime Minisrer said in his speech. Modi praised the Matua sect founder Harichand Thakur for his contribution to the society and recalled the contribution of author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, writer of Pather Panchali

The Prime Minister said the politics of waiver of farmer loans is actually an effort to throw dust in their eyes. “You won’t have to pay any syndicate tax as the money (to farmers) will be paid directly to your bank account,” he said. Modi said that the farmers who did not take loans were also given loan waivers.

“In Karnataka, farmers who could not repay loans have to draw police wrath. And the chief minister of this state is supporting the Karnataka CM,” he said.

“I see a lot of you not being able to enter this massive rally ground which is packed to capacity. I urge you all to remain where you are. I thank you all for coming here in support. After seeing the sight here, I am confident that Bengal wants a change for progress,” Mr Modi said.

“I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for having come here in such large numbers to bless me and show your support for the BJP. Thakur Nagar has played a very important part in Bengal's social history. Thakur Nagar has contributed immensely... I feel proud to be here with you all,” he said.

For many decades after Independence, villages were ignored by successive governments. But no longer. No longer can a 'New India' function this way. In fact, India's progress will have to be villages-based, he added.

Mr Modi visited the temple at the house of Dalit Matua community matriarch Binapani Debi, also known to community members as ‘Baro-ma.’

Earlier, Mr Modi arrived in Thakurnagar, which is about 64 km from Kolkata. BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha alleged, "Just 50-70 meters away from the rally ground, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's posters are being put above Mr Modi's banners".

This is proof there is no democracy in West Bengal. When one of our workers protested against such activities he was attacked, Mr Sinha said.

Mr Modi will also visit Durgapur, and during the visit, he will dedicate to the nation, the Railway electrification of 294- km-long Andal- Sainthia-Pakur-Malda and Khana- Sainthia Sections.

Electrification of this section will enable ease of transportation of coal, stone chips and ballast to North and North East India in a seamless manner. He will also dedicate the twenty kilometre long Hijli- Narayangarh third line to the nation.

The Durgapur rally of the prime minister will be part of BJP’s ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ (save democracy) programme in the state.(UNI)