Mathabhanga, Apr 4: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee today said in unequivocal terms that Bengal will play a significant role in the formation of the next government at the Centre.
Addressing a public meeting here in Cooch Behar district, Ms Banerjee alleged that the BJP will do away with elections if voted back to power, and Ambedkar’s Constitution will be destroyed.
"If they come back to power, they’ll destroy Ambedkar’s Constitution – even do away with elections,” she said,
The chief minister said, "The armed forces are impartial institutions. Modi cannot misuse them. The BJP cannot misuse them."
'Now, the new drama is to insult the armed forces – Army and CRPF. They are calling them “Modi Sena', she said.
Ms Banerjee said, "Five years ago, the Expiry Prime Minister called himself a chaiwallah. Now he calls himself a chowkidar – people are saying, “Chowkidar chor hain”, I say, “Chowkidar jhootha hain'.
The TMC supremo said, " This is the first time so much money is being spent in elections. The PM has never helped the people. On the other hand, they have taken away the money which the common people had saved. "
“NRC & Citizenship Amendment Bill will take away your citizenship for six years. Then they will consider anew if you can be granted citizenship. Therefore you will lose your houses, lands, passports, bank accounts, every opportunity provided by the government. Never let them do this to you,” Ms Banerjee commented.
She said no party other other than the BJP has supported the NRC.
The chief minister said a delegation of Trinamool went to Assam to meet the people affected by NRC and they were assaulted.
“I have promised the people of Assam affected by the NRC, that if you are thrown out of Assam, Bengal will welcome you,” she said.
“Modi Babu is saying what development has happened in Bengal? How will he know if he doesn’t come here ever? " Ms Banerjee questioned.
The chief minister alleged the Centre has failed to create jobs, adding more than 12,000 farmers committed suicide.
" They are killing people in the name gau-raksha, " the TMC supremo said.
Ms Banerjee said, " They are threatening to send Bengalis out of the country in the name of NRC. Let them even attempt to do that. They are stained with the blood of riots. They lack the basic courtesies of politics."
"Some media houses have been intimidated into towing their party line. I appeal to the media to be fearless,' she said
"During demonetisation, we gave the needy families Rs 50,000 each to set up businesses,' Ms Banerjee added.
She said the youth of today, the brave young voters of today, will bring new hope.
The chief minister said more than two crore people lost their jobs in one year.
“The expiry PM is just doing big talk. He promised Rs 15 lakh per account, but he gave nothing. He fooled you into voting for him. Now he’s taken on the garb of a chowkidar. In reality, many chowkidars all over are losing jobs, are in a desperate state,” Ms Banerjee commented.
“We work for the people all the year round, not just during the elections,” she said.
“Modi is now talking about the welfare of Rajbanshis. Where were you till now?” the TMC supremo questioned
"They made false promises even to Bimal Gurung on the issue of Gorkhaland," she said.
"He’s saying I don’t allow Durga Puja and Saraswati Puja in Bengal. It is absolutely false,” the chief minister said.
Ms Banerjee said, "In the upcoming elections, like Maa Durga killed Mahisashur, the mothers of the country will slay Modi democratically. "
The TMC supremo alleged, " They are trying to intimidate us using agencies like the IT, ED and CBI. We are not scared of them. "
"A bridge is coming up, connecting Mekhliganj and Dinhata. I have named it “Joyee Bridge”. Another bridge has been constructed, which I have named Bhawaiya Setu,” Ms Banerjee said.
She said nearly 19-20 bridges have been built here, spreading the wave of development in Cooch Behar district.
“I come here throughout the year, unlike my predecessors who neglected the region,” the chief minister said.
“We gave land for the enclaves (Chhitmahals) and took the initiative to solve the problem. No other party cared before us. The Expiry Prime Minister had no role in this. It was done entirely by us. We have allocated Rs 1,100 crore for the development of Chhitmahals. We have given them land rights,” she said.
We have set up Panchanan Barma University in Cooch Behar, along with engineering & medical colleges, ITI, polytechnics, Karmatirthas, Kisan Mandis, blood banks, Mother and Child Hubs, industrial clusters for small-scale industries, among other things,” Ms Banerjee stated.
The Chief minister said let everyone from every region in the country live in peace. (UNI)