Mamata, addressing her first election rally on Saturday in Nandigram — a Muslim majority area in East Midnapore district, which became the epicentre of the anti-land acquisition agitation — to campaign for her candidates.
“The BJP wants to divide the people of Bengal on the basis of religion and ethnicity. It wants to throw the refugees of 1971 out of India. If even one Bengali is touched, we will not sit silently. It’s good to be brave but it’s unwise to become a daredevil.”
She said “Modi is a paper tiger, but he has not faced a royal Bengal tiger….NaMo babu is being filled with gas by the media.”Read: Mamata takes a dig at Modi, calls him 'paper tiger'She also reminded the crowd how Bengalis were harassed in Delhi for being from this region. “Refugees are living in India as per the international agreements and Hindus and Muslims, Bengalis and non-Bengalis stay in harmony in Bengal. They can never be divided.”
Dogged by the opposition demand for CBI investigation into the Saradha scam, Banerjee took a dig at the agency for failing to deliver justice to the Nandigram people. “The people of Nandigram fought valiantly during the land movement. Although the CBI was asked to investigate, they did nothing and many people are still missing in Nandigram.”Read moreModi hits out at Mamata over her paintings, TMC warns of defamation suit against himModi 'architect of riots', will ruin the country if he comes to power: Mamata BanerjeeRound 1 to Narendra Modi as angry Mamata returns fire blindly