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W Bengal Polls: Modi’s tune changes from “win for Didi” to “Khela Shesh” for her

By Saima Siddiqui 
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Kolkata: Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, who held, on Sunday, an election rally at the same Brigade Parade Ground from where in 2014 he had invited voters to choose a win-win of BJP in Delhi and TMC in Kolkata, spoke on this time with menace in his voice saying “khela shesh”(the game was over) for the Mamata Banerjee.

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“Aapke dono haath mein laddu,” he had told the gathering at the same Brigade Parade Ground in 2014.

However, by the time the state assembly elections came round two years later, Modi’s tune was changed as he was targeting Mamata over the Saradha scam and attacking the “syndicate culture” in the state.

Furthermore, during his re-election campaign in 2019, he once again accused “Didi and her friends” of “speaking against the nation” referring to Pulwama-Balakot.

Promise of development and of bringing back a “Sonar Bangla” (Bengal of gold) has remained a constant theme in Modi’s speeches since 2014. He reiterated his “asol poriborton” (real development) promise on Sunday as well.

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“I want to talk straight to the people of Bengal,” Modi told a Janachetana Sabha at Brigade on February 5, 2014. “Help the BJP win all [Lok Sabha] seats this time. You have ended 34 years of Left rule in Bengal. You have a new government here. Let Mamata Banerjee work for you here. Question her on results. Give me all seats from Bengal, bring poriborton in the country. Then question me on what we do in Delhi. Aapke dono haath mein laddu…”

“Good work by the state government alone will not suffice to change the fate of Bengal,” Modi said. “The government in Delhi should work for Bengal too. I promise if you bring a change (in Delhi) we will bring back Sonar Bangla.”

The BJP had secured two Lok Sabha seats from Bengal in 2014.

Modi’s April 17, 2016, rally, ahead of Assembly elections, at the Sahid Minar grounds, also surrounded Mamata government asking, “What was the crime of the [27] innocent people who lost their lives in the Vivekananda Bridge collapse [near Posta on March 31 that year],” he asked while accusing TMC of several scams and “Syndicate culture”, he said, “The same people who are seen in Narada [scam] are also seen in Saradha and Vivekananda. These people are connected. Should one allow syndicate culture to go on? Will Bengal survive if this culture continues? Didi has added to all the ills the Left left behind.”

Modi alleged that his dream was to “develop eastern India”, “My first agenda is development. My second agenda is development at a fast pace. My third agenda is all around development.”

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The BJP won 18 seats out of 42 in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and 3 seats in 2019 Assembly elections, while, its ally, the GJM, managed to get 3 seats in the Darjeeling Hills.

The PM on April 3, 2019, had once again attacked Mamata and the rest of the opposition for questioning the Balakot air strikes [of February 26, 2019], which followed the deaths of 46 CRPF personnel in a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14 from the very Brigade ground.

“At a time when we are progressing towards a India that was envisioned by Swami Vivekananda, there are some who, in order to oppose Modi, are speaking against Ma Bharti… Didi and her friends are speaking against the nation because they have lost political ground,” he said.

Referring to Mamata’s rally ‘United India’ at Brigade, in January 19, 2019 Modi said: “The other day, political leaders from different parts of the country gathered here, lifted their hands, and chanted, ‘Modi Hatao Modi Hatao’. Why? What crime did Modi commit? Is it a crime to give toilets to homes? Is it a crime to give houses to the poor? It is a crime to give electricity in homes?”

The upcoming assembly polls for 294 seats are scheduled to be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29. The results will be declared on May 2.

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