TMC stands for 'Terror, Maut and Corruption': Modi's full frontal attack on Mamata
Kolkata: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched a no-holds-barred attack on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee during an election rally in the state saying she had failed on her promise to bring 'paribortan' (transformation) and had led the state to further ruin. In a scathing jibe at Mamata-led Trinmaool Congress, Modi said TMC stood for "Terror, Maut and Corruption".
Modi, who campaigned in north Bengal, said, "She gave the call for paribartan and misled the people. She talked about Ma-Mati-Manush, but there is only Maut (death) and money. The Narada sting operation has shown it".
PM Modi also attacked Mamata over the collapse of the under-construction Vivekanand flyover, saying it was an “act of fraud” and not God.
The Prime Minister’s comments came as a counter to the excuse cited by IVRCL, the construction company involved in building the flyover. In the immediate aftermath of the mishap that claimed over 30 lives and injured many, a high-ranking official of the company had denied any fault on their part and dubbed it as an act of God.
“It was not an act of God, but an act of fraud. It was the result of how you ran your government. Today it was a bridge. Tomorrow entire Bengal will collapse,” Modi said, turning the company’s excuse as a sharp attack on the CM in the state that is currently under polls.
Slamming Banerjee for indulging in a blame game instead of beginning immediate relief work and saving people, Modi questioned whether her stand would have been the same had the flyover not gone down.
“The first thing she said was to put the blame on the Left for giving the contract of the flyover. But if the flyover was completed, would she have congratulated the Left? (In such an event) She would have taken the credit for the flyover,”, he said.
Mounting a frontal attack on Mamata Banerjee, Modi today said she had boycotted meetings called by the Centre to discuss the issue of states' development and had failed to bring in any transformation despite her call for"paribartan" (change).
"What kind of chief minister is she? Whenever the Centre called a meeting to discuss development of states, Didi boycotted it. Even if it hurt her state.
"She (Banerjee) did not attend those meetings only because Modi convened it. But whenever she visited Delhi, she met Sonia Gandhi and took her blessings", Modi told an election rally here.
Modi said when she took over the government it seemed that she would try to set things right in Bengal after the misrule of the Left. "But she only carried forward the legacy of the Left and led the state to further ruin".
Instead of talking about development, both TMC and the Left were engaged in a blame game against each other on the issues of rape, corruption and bomb-making. "Your future is not safe in the hands of TMC and the Left," he told the meeting.
Referring to the multi-crore Saradha chit fund scam, Modi said, "If Didi tries to save those involved in it she should be sent back."
Appealing to the people to give BJP a chance, he said wherever BJP was in power there is development.
(With PTI inputs)