Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attacked West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the same time at a campaign rally in the state on Saturday, underscoring the challenges in front of the opposition to mount a united front against the BJP just weeks ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
“Did your youth get employment and did your farmers receive any help? While Narendra Modiji lies on the one hand, your Chief Minister keeps making promises on the other. But eventually, nothing happens,” Mr Gandhi said at an election rally in North Malda’s Chanchal town.
The stinging remark against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee comes two months after the Trinamool Congress held a “United India Rally” of opposition parties against the Narendra Modi-led BJP at Kolkata on January 19. The state is likely to witness a four-cornered fight this time, with the Congress failing to reach an agreement with either the Trinamool Congress or former ally CPI-M.
Speaking at the rally, Mr Gandhi also accused the Mamata Banerjee government of being “no better” than the previous Left administration. “Bengal is being run by just one person. She neither talks to anyone nor takes anybody’s suggestion. She does whatever she feels like,” he said. “Does Bengal not have any voice? Should one person be allowed to run an entire state?”
The Congress chief said the Left and the Trinamool Congress had both failed to ensure the development of West Bengal. “After seeing the CPI-M rule for years, you chose Mamata Banerjee because they could not ensure development. But the Bengal situation is the same even now. The atrocities that used to occur during the CPI-M rule are still happening under Mamataji,” he added.
The Congress chief’s sharpest barbs were aimed at North Bengal parliamentarian Mausam Benazir Noor, who crossed over from his party to the Trinamool Congress and became the latter’s candidate from the Lok Sabha constituency. “She cheated you by leaving the party. But this is a Congress bastion, and you should make her realise that one cannot work in Bengal by deceiving its people,” he said without mentioning Ms Noor by name.
While a proposed seat-sharing agreement between the CPI-M and Congress fell through earlier this month, Ms Mausam’s entry into the Trinamool Congress in January had soured any chances of a Congress-Trinamool deal in Bengal.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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