Prime Minister Narendra Modi claims that there is a BJP wave across West Bengal as the second phase of the voting is underway in the ongoing state Assembly elections. Modi is currently campaigning in West Bengal’s Jaynagar.
“During the second phase today, people are reaching the voting booths in large numbers. Everywhere, there is only BJP. There is a BJP wave in Bengal,” Modi claimed at a public meeting.
The Prime Minister claimed that the saffron party will get more than 200 seats in the West Bengal Assembly elections. “BJP's strong start in the first phase of the election is a clear indication that the peoples’ voices have received God's blessing. BJP will get more than 200 seats in West Bengal,” Modi claimed.
During the rally, Modi also claimed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has problems with religious slogans. “Mamata didi has a problem with slogans of ‘Jai Shree Ram’. She also had a problem with the immersion of Durga idols. West Bengal is aware of these issues. Now she has a problem with ‘tilak’ and saffron clothes,” Modi alleged.
The Prime Minister said that he will not allow the West Bengal Chief Minister to abuse people's devotion and the identity of Ram Krishna Paramhans, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, and Swami Vivekananda.
Recently, Mamata wrote a letter to several opposition leaders seeking a united fight against the BJP. The Prime Minister mocked the Bengal CM for taking the support of outsiders. “Didi's frustration has grown after the first phase of polling. She wrote a letter to many leaders of the country for help. Didi is seeking support from those whom she considers as outsiders and tourists,” Modi said.
Meanwhile, the second phase of voting in West Bengal is underway with many reports of violence and chaos taking place at polling booths in Nandigram. Despite the violence, many people have cast their vote since morning. By noon, West Bengal reported a 58% voter turnout.
Meanwhile, when the West Bengal Chief Minister arrived at a polling booth, many BJP workers were chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ at her. However, Mamata dismissed them as outsiders. “None of them speak Bengali. Those raising slogans are outsiders. They came from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and Central Forces are protecting them,” she said.
Meanwhile, locals in Debra are asking BJP’s Bharti Ghosh, who is contesting from Debra, to leave the area after they alleged that people from outside are being called to create problems in the area. There were also reports that Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers pelted stones at BJP leaders who were on their way to cast their vote.
Since the start of the second phase of voting, the Trinamool Congress has been busy filing complaints to the Election Commission (EC) over various claims like faulty EVMs, Booth Capturing and violence. However, the EC countered TMC’s claims, saying that the election process is proceeding smoothly.
TMC MP Derek O’Brien wrote to the EC alleging that BJP workers are involved in booth capturing in Nandigram. “A huge mob of BJP workers have entered booth numbers 6, 7, 49, 27, 162, 20, 21, 26, 13, 262, 256, and 163. These BJP workers are attempting to take control of EVMs and rigging the booth," he said in a letter to the Commission.
Mamata Banerjee was also visibly furious at the situation unfolding in Nandigram. She also informed news agencies that the party sent 63 complaints of booth capturing but, no action was taken.