Mamata Banerjee, the leader of the ruling Trinamool Congress has accepted defeat and is fighting the Election Commission now, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday at an election rally in Nadia district’s Krishnagar, West Bengal.
He also criticised the chief minister for asking Bengal’s chief secretary to reply to a showcause notice issued to her by the poll panel over the violation of model code.
“Mamata Banerjee and her men have accepted defeat. Therefore, they are not fighting with other political parties but has taken on the EC these days,” Modi said in his 35-minute speech.
Reminding the CM that polls will come and go but the value of institutions remain forever, Modi said, “The Election Commission of India is an autonomous body that is held in high esteem all over the world.”
The EC issued a showcause notice to Banerjee for her comments at a rally where she said a new district will be carved out of Asansol, which is now part of Burdwan district.
“I learnt that the chief secretary replied to the showcause notice. This is the biggest violation of the EC rules. The notice was issued not to the chief minister but to the Trinamool chief and the party or its lawyer or Mamata Banerjee herself should have replied. But the chief secretary replied to it and this constitutes misusing the government,” remarked Modi.
The PM also criticised Banerjee for saying that she will get even with everyone after May 19, the day of the result.
“You got five years to work for the people. If you had done that, there would have been no need to say such things now,” Modi said.
Referring to the flyover collapse on March 31 in Kolkata, Modi said the disaster was not “an act of God” (a phrase used by an official of the construction company) but an “act of fraud”, indicating the ruling Trinamool had to shoulder much of the responsibility.
In the Krishnagar meeting, too, he targeted the Trinamool chief directly and said: “The collapse of the flyover is a culmination of the syndicate culture.”
This is Modi’s third visit to Bengal for the election campaign. On March 27, he came to Kharagpur to address his first rally. On April 7, Modi addressed three public meetings at Madarihat, Asansol and Siliguri.