Mamata sharpens attack, hits out at Left and Modi

rime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at an election campaign in support of party candidate for upcoming West Bengal Assembly election at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district  Photo PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at an election campaign in support of party candidate for upcoming West Bengal Assembly election at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district
Photo PTI

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused her of ruining Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday countered Narendra Modi’s ‘shehensha’ remark. The CM said her government ushered in a new era of development in the state which was languishing during the previous Left regime.

“We have changed the picture of Bengal and have placed Bengal on the global map,” Banerjee said at an election meeting at Joypur in Purulia district.

On March 27 the Prime Minister accused Mamata Banerjee of becoming a ‘shehanshah’. He said she has failed to bring any change in the state.

Hitting back at Modi, Mamata charged his government of not doing enough for the state.

“Neither the 34-year-old Left regime nor the two-year-old BJP government at the Centre did anything for the development of Bengal,” Banerjee said.

Training guns at the central government, she said, “The Centre is talking big. They have stopped funds for various programmes like ICDS. It is the state government which is running these programmes.”

Commenting on the Congress-Left electoral pact, Banerjee said, “They are shameless. The Congress has forgotten how 55,000 Congress workers were killed in Bengal during the Left Front rule.”

She reminded people that it was during the TMC rule that the scheme of providing rice at Rs 2/kg to poor families was started in the state.

Addressing a public rally in Kharagpur in Bengal on Sunday, PM Modi had attacked the Bengal Chief Minister for ruining the industry in the state.

“No industry came up in the state during Mamata’s tenure and the only one flourishing was the bomb making industry,” said PM Modi while lashing out at Mamata.