New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on Friday took a full charge against the rival BJP party contesting against her in upcoming state assembly elections. The TMC leader attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and other BJP leaders campaign in Bengal for polls, while referring to them as “Duryodhana and Dushasana”. She also called her former ally, Suvendu Adhikari, who joined hands with BJP and will lock horns with her in Nandigram, “Mir Jafar”.
“Say farewell to BJP, we don’t want BJP. We don’t want to see Modi’s face. We don’t want riots, looters, Duryodhan, Dushasana… Mir Jafar,” the Chief Minister said at a rally in East Midnapore. “On March 27, Khela Hobe (game on). BJP has to be bowled out.”
Coming down heavily on her former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP in December, she accused him of betraying her when she trusted him blindly.
“I wouldn’t have been able to come here. Today I am free to come anywhere in Midnapore. Earlier I used to ask where should I go? I gave them blind love and they betrayed me. They were in touch with BJP since 2014. I am sorry I trusted them,” she said.
Mamata also took a dig at PM Modi, who had yesterday turned her “Khela Hobe” slogan against her during his Purulia campaign. She called him a copycat.
“Modi uses a teleprompter and says Kemon Aacho Bangla (How are you Bangla)? We say Bangla bhalo aachey (Bengal is good). Poriborton is my slogan. Why will you steal my slogan, you copycat? Khela Hobe,” she said, addressing the gathering in her wheelchair, as she has been doing since she suffered an injury in Nandigram while filing her nominations.
“I have injuries on every part of my body. Elections are near. So they thought they will injure my legs,” alleged the Chief Minister.
In her previous rallies too, Mamata addressed her rivals with different names – “Dangabaaz (rioter)” and “Daitya (demon)” – targeting BJP’s two top leaders without mentioning whom she has been attacking.
On Thursday, PM Modi also took a dig at Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress chief and had said, “Didi, O Didi – you played for 10 years. Khela shesh hobe, vikas aarambh hobe. (Now your game will be over and development will begin).”
Modi further added, that “the countdown had begun” and “On 2nd May Didi is going. Ashol Parivartan (real change) is coming.”
The two-time Chief Minister, considered almost invincible after she ended decades of Left rule in the state. In 2007, Nandigram farmers’ protest had claimed 14 lives, where clashes between protesting farmers and the police had taken a violent turn. In the subsequent assembly election of 2011, Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress crafted the “Ma, Maati, Manush” campaign around that incident to protect farmers’ land from the proposed economic zone project in Nandiram and had registered a landslide victory.
West Bengal will contest polls in eight rounds starting from March 27. The results will be announced on May 2.