Modi trying to 'divide' Bengal over religion and ethnicity, says Mamata

  • Koushik Dutta, Hindustan Times, Nandigram
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  • Updated: May 04, 2014 09:29 IST

Trinamool Congress boss and Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee has finally hit back at the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi on the illegal Bangladeshi immigration issue, daring him to “touch them” and face the consequences.

On April 27, Modi said at a rally that the illegal Bangladeshi entrants should “pack their bags” and leave after May 16 – the election result day. On Friday, BJP president Rajnath Singh also mentioned that one of the foremost tasks of the BJP-led government would be to deal with Bangladeshi migrants.

Read: Will deport illegal Bangladeshi Muslim migrants: BJP

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.”

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