Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with senior party leaders waves to his supporters during a public rally ahead of Assembly elections at Kanthi in East Midnapore on Wednesday. (ANI)
KANTHI (WB) :
BENGAL has brought together the nation through ‘Vande Mataram,’ and on this land, CM Mamata Banerjee was terming people “bohiragoto,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, announcing that if voted to power, a son of the soil will be made the BJP Chief Minister of the State. Addressing an election rally in Kanthi in the Purba Medinipur district, Modi said that Bengal was the land of icons like Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose and on this land, no Indian was an outsider.
“Bengal brought together the people of India through Vande Mataram, and on that land, Mamata-didi is talking about ‘bohiragoto’ (outsider). No Indian is an outsider here, they are children of Bharat Mata,” he said. “We are being called ‘tourists,’ fun is being made of us, we are being insulted. Didi, people of Rabindranath’s Bengal don’t consider anybody outsider,” Modi added. When the BJP forms Government in Bengal, the Chief Minister will be a son of the soil, he said at the rally amid loud cheers from his supporters. Modi’s comments came amid an “insider vs outsider” debate with Banerjee asserting regularly that she won’t allow Bengal to be ruled by “outsiders” from Delhi or Gujarat, in a reference to the BJP and the Prime Minister.
The Trinamool Congress has even launched the ‘Bangla Nijer Meyeke Chaye’ (Bengal wants its own daughter) campaign, with party leaders calling BJP functionaries visiting the State as “election tourists.” The Prime Minister said that Banerjee insulted the people of Nandigram with false accusations, and people would give her a befitting reply. India-B’desh borders to be sealed to check infiltration: Modi: PRIME Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that India-Bangladesh borders would be sealed to check infiltration, as he accused the Congress of aligning with the forces which are patronising the infiltrators. Addressing an election rally at Bihpuria under Lakhimpur district in eastern Assam, the Prime Minister said that India-Bangladesh borders with western Assam’s Dhubri have been sealed and works are going on at a fast pace to seal the remaining patches of the international borders with Bangladesh.