Full blown war has broken out between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in middle of elections. Hitting out at PM Modi for his "speedbreaker didi" jibe, the fiery Mamata said PM is suffering from 'haratanka', a phobia of losing elections and is trying to win in the state by dividing the people on communal lines.Lashing out Didi, PM had said "speedbreaker didi" has lost her sleep after the first two phases of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal.
Panighata/ Buniadpur (WB): Full blown war has broken out between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in middle of elections. Hitting out at PM Modi for his "speedbreaker didi" jibe, the fiery Mamata said PM is suffering from 'haratanka', a phobia of losing elections and is trying to win in the state by dividing the people on communal lines.Lashing out Didi, PM had said "speedbreaker didi" has lost her sleep after the first two phases of the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal.Addressing an election rally in South Dinajpur district, Modi accused the chief minister of fooling people in the name of 'ma, mati and manush' (mother, land and people)."Speedbreaker didi has lost her sleep after the reports that came in after the first and second phase of polling in the state," the Prime Minister told a well-attended rally.Mocking Banerjee's 'Bengal model', Modi said, "Mamata Didi wants to implement her 'Tolabaji (extortion) Tax' model of development across the country."Hitting back, Mamata said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is suffering from 'haratanka', a phobia of losing elections and is trying to win in the state by dividing the people on communal lines."He(Modi) knows that he will lose the elections and that is why his face has turned pale. He is now suffering from 'haratanka' and is uttering nonsense everyday thinking about losing in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, New Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Odisha and others," she said at a rally in support of party candidate for Krishnanagar Lok Sabha constituency Mohua Moitra."I do not mind if BJP wins in Tripura but that will not give him 543 seats. That is the reason he is roaming around in Bengal hoping to get votes by dividing people along Hindu-Muslim lines," she added.Prime Minister Modi also flayed Mamata Banerjee for allowing people from the "neighbouring country" to campaign for the Trinamool Congress in the state."It is shameful that people from neighbouring country are campaigning for the TMC. This was done by the party to appease the minority community," Modi said, referring to Bangladeshi actor Ferdous canvassing for the ruling TMC."Such a thing has never happened in India, where people from neighbouring country have been campaigning for a political party," he said.The Prime Minister criticised Banerjee for seeking proof of the Balakot air strikes in Pakistan, and asked her to, instead, collect evidence against those behind chit fund scams.Reacting to BJP's allegations that she as chief minister of the state has done nothing for West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee said that people will seek answers from her if it is so.Speaking at a rally in support of TMC's Krishanagar candidate Mohua Moitra, Banerjee urged the people not to vote for BJP to save the country."Do not cast your votes for the BJP if you want to save the country ... Have you forgotten demonetisation, the suffering you underwent? Crores of people had suffered. Now when the elections have come will you not give him (Modi) the reply ?" she said."Give them (BJP) a tight slap for demonetisation by casting your votes against them," she added.It is our commitment to pass Citizenship Bill in Parliament: ModiPM Modi made a strong pitch for the Citizenship Bill+ and said the NDA government is committed to grant citizenship status to refugees."During partition, some people had stayed back in other countries. But, due to their religion and faith, they have been facing persecution in those countries ... Where will they go?" Modi asked.It is the duty of every Indian and the government to save these people, he said, adding, "It is our commitment to pass the Citizenship Bill in Parliament."Some political parties, the PM said, are trying to mislead people on the issue of citizenship."Be it the TMC, the Congress or the Left, they have only indulged in politics of dividing people, but we believe in taking everybody along with us," he said.PM also said that tough measures will be taken to identify and stop cross border infiltration after the NDA-led government returns to power.Modi said after the poll results are declared, "those elements who are trying to stop border fencing will have to face the reality"."After May 23, we would take steps to identify and stop cross border infiltration," he said at Buniadpur, which shares its border with Bangladesh.News24 Bureau/ PTI