Modi view on Bangladeshis is sign of lunacy, says Trinamool

  • Debapriya Mitra, None, Kolkata
  • Updated: May 05, 2014 00:58 IST

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday called BJP's prime ministerial candidate "deranged" for his view on Bangladeshi migrants.

Reacting to Modi's assertion on deporting illegal Bangladeshi migrants if the BJP comes to power after May 16, Trinamool secretary general and West Bengal minister Partha Chatterjee said: "His comment is highly objectionable and undemocratic."

According to minister Jyotipriya Mallick, Modi gave a glimpse of his lunacy by speaking against Bangladeshis. "He is either mentally deranged or is not educated enough. His remark will cost BJP 15-20% votes in border areas. Modi needs to read the Constitution properly before talking," he said.

Addressing a rally at Nandigram on Saturday, chief minister Mamata Banerjee dared Modi to carry out his promise of sending Bangladeshis packing after May 16. "If even one Bengali is touched, we will not sit silently. The paper tiger (meaning Modi) should know he has to face the Royal Bengal tiger first," she said.

Claiming Modi was ignorant of history, Banerjee said Bangladeshis came to India under a pact signed in 1971 by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and Bangladesh President Sheikh Mujibur Rehman. "He does not know that speaking in Bangla does not make one a Bangladeshi. Anyone who speaks in Bangla across India is branded a Bangladesh. This is discrimination," she said. ?

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