Mamata, PM trade barbs over minority votes in Bengal rally

Mamata, PM trade barbs over minority votes in Bengal rally
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Shubhadeep Choudhury

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Tribune News Service

Kolkata, April 6

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee’s attraction to Bengal Muslim voters to chorus from splitting their votes is a sign that she no extra enjoys their help, Prime Minister Narendra Modi mentioned at Cooch Behar on Tuesday.

Addressing an election rally in the north Bengal city, Modi additionally mentioned the same attraction to Hindus would have led the Election Commission swing into motion.

Mamata, too, was in north Bengal on Tuesday, the place she addressed election rallies at Kalchini in Alipurduar district and Mathabhanga and Mekliganj in Cooch Behar district. Modi flew to Howrah from Cooch Behar and addressed a second rally there earlier than returning to New Delhi.

With Muslims constituting 30 per cent of the voters, their help is essential for Mamata, who has often been accused of pampering the spiritual minority group for the sake of votes.

“You are saying you can sense that the Muslim vote bank is also not under your control any more… they have also deserted you,” Modi mentioned. The PM mentioned the attraction made by Mamata to the minority group was an indication that she had misplaced the elections.

“Didi, you criticise the Election Commission. But if we had asked the Hindus to unite and vote for the BJP, we would have got eight or 10 notices from the Election Commission. Editorials would have been written condemning us in the country and abroad,” Modi mentioned.

In response, Mamata mentioned, “Narendra Modi doesn’t have any political courtesy. He (Modi) is teasing me and it shows how important I have become for them. I don’t mind it. I respect the chair of the Prime Minister, but I haven’t seen a liar like Narendra Modi. He is spreading misinformation. They are bringing goons from other states to disturb the harmony and culture of Bengal,” Mamata mentioned whereas addressing a rally.

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