Amid battle with TMC, PM Modi promises a grand Vidyasagar statue, dares Mamata to stop rally

New Delhi, News24 Bureau, May 16: PM Narendra Modi will be holding a rally in West Bengal today and he dares CM Mamata Banerjee assuring in the same breath that a grand statue of Ishwarchand Vidyasagar will be installed on the same spot

PM Modi has challenged Mamata directly, "Let's see if didi allows this rally or not."PM Narendra Modi is in Mau, Uttar Pradesh today and will visit West Bengal later. PM has squarely placed the blame on the desecration of Vidyasagar's bust in Kolkata during Amit Shah's rally on the ruling Trinamool Congress party."We saw hooliganism by TMC workers again during Bhai Amit Shah's roadshow in Kolkata. They vandalized Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar's statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar's vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot," Modi said.The PM also accused the TMC of hooliganism during his rally in Mednipur, Bengal. "Some months back during my rally in West Medinipur, TMC goons indulged in hooliganism. After this in Thakurnagar the situation was such that I had to cut short my speech and was forced to leave the stage."On Mamata's statement that the BJP had called in workers from outside West Bengal, Modi said, "I had thought the way Mamata didi is targeting UP-Bihar Purvanchal people, calling them outsiders for her politics, Behen Mayawati will surely slam Mamata didi, but this did not happen."In fact, the BSP chief has come on record and accused the Election Commission of India of acting under pressure from the Central government, a day after the poll body cut short the campaign period in West Bengal by a day.Questioning the timing of the campaign ban, Mayawati claimed the EC was being accommodative of the Prime Minister's rallies in the state.

In the meantime, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala said at a press conference, “Election Commission has completely abdicated its Constitutional duty under Art 324 to ensure level playing field, besides negating the due process under Art 14 & 21 of India’s Constitution.""Every citizen is questioning the independence, impartiality, objectivity and fairness of the EC," he added.