West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has given a warning saying that the day is not far away when Prime Minister Narendra Modi would rename the country after him one day. Mamata made the statement during a rally in Kolkata for International Women’s Day.
“The Prime Minister has named a stadium after him. He has put his photographs on COVID-19 vaccination certificates. He is making ISRO send his picture to space. A day will come when the country will be named after him,” Mamata said.
Mamata also took a swipe at the Prime Minister’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground on Sunday saying that Modi has “turned Brigade into B-grade”. She also attacked the Modi government over the safety of women in the country.
“The BJP leaders will come to Bengal only during elections and spread rumours and lies. Modi is lecturing us on women’s safety. What is the situation of women in BJP-ruled states? What is the situation in Modi’s favourite Gujarat,” she asked, alleging that “media reports suggest, four rapes and two killings have been recorded every day over the past two years”.
Mamata also said that the election is between her and the BJP. “The fight is between me and the BJP in all 294 seats,” she said.
While the Prime Minister’s rally was taking place in Kolkata, Mamata led a ‘padayatra’ in Siliguri to protest against the rising prices of essential commodities such as fuel and LPG cylinders. Mamata reached Siliguri from Kolkata on Saturday and informed that thousands of men and women are likely to descend at Darjeeling More at 1 pm and the protest march will start from there.
Mamata went on to claim that the LPG cylinders would be beyond the reach of the common man. “We need to organise massive demonstrations to make our voices heard. Many of those taking part in the rally will carry empty LPG cylinders to mark the protest,” she said. Top leaders of the TMC including TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty will take part in the rally.
Last month, Mamata surprised many by riding pillion on an electric scooter to work. She said that she took the electric scooter ride to work as the prices of petrol and diesel are up. She claimed out that nearly one crore people in West Bengal use Kerosene which is not available now. Mamata lashed out at the Centre for being ‘anti-people’. “Modi is selling the country. This government is anti-people, anti-women, anti-farmer, and anti-young generation. We want this government to go,” she said.
West Bengal will go to polls in eight phases beginning from March 27 to April 29 and the results will be declared on May 2.