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Kolkata: Didi begins early for 2016 polls, stings PM with string of tweets

Over the past one month or so, Mamata Banerjee has been consciously criticizing the Narendra Modi regime through a series of tweets. On Wednesday, at a meeting if party functionaries, the Trinamool chief went a step further — she slammed the Prime Minister, holding Narendra Modi responsible for the wave of intolerance sweeping the nation.

kolkata Updated: Oct 29, 2015 11:52 IST
HT Correspondent
As curtains go up on the Assembly elections scheduled for the early part of 2016, Mamata has been consciously distancing her party from the BJP.
As curtains go up on the Assembly elections scheduled for the early part of 2016, Mamata has been consciously distancing her party from the BJP.(PTI photo)

“I strongly condemn what happened in Delhi at Kerala Bhavan. An unwise and unhealthy attempt to curb fundamental rights of people. Intolereance.”

“Request you all in Bihar to please vote to re- elect Nitish Kumarji as CM for greater need of our country & development in state.”

“Hearing about incidents related to disruption of BCCI work in Mumbai. Cricket Board welcome to meet in Kolkata.”

“Music has no boundaries. Music is the rhythm of the heart. Ghulam Aliji concert can be held in Kolkata. We will make all arrangements.”

Over the past one month or so, Mamata Banerjee has been consciously criticizing the Narendra Modi regime through a series of tweets. On Wednesday, at a meeting if party functionaries, the Trinamool chief went a step further — she slammed the Prime Minister, holding Narendra Modi responsible for the wave of intolerance sweeping the nation.

“I do not have Akash Vani, so I cannot express my mind in Mann Ki Baat. I do not have television so I can’t express my views on Mann Ki Darshan. If one says anything against the Centre, they are letting loose the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI on us,” Mamata said, adding, “It is easy to fan riots but lives of ordinary people are lost. The Bengal chief minister was addressing party workers in West Midnapore, preparing them for the 2016 battle.

In fact, as curtains go up on the Assembly elections scheduled for the early part of 2016, Mamata has been consciously distancing her party from the BJP.

This is quite a change of stance from her earlier bonhomie with Narendra Modi. The impression had got around that the Trinamool was cosying up to the BJP to halt the CBI’s probe into the Saradha chit fund scam in which several Mamata’s men were being investigated. Many Trinamool MPs were sent to jail and at least one minister is still languishing in prison.

All this led the Opposition in the state to allege that Mamata Banerjee had struck a deal with Modi. “The Modi regime, too, is keen to have Mamata on its side since several bills are stuck in Parliament. The Bengal CM is exploiting this situation and trying to emerge as the secular face by rallying such forces against the BJP,” Shibaji Pratim Bose,a political analyst, said.“Mamata has started campaigning for the Assembly polls next year before all others could get their act together. If the BJP fails to make a mark in Bihar, her voice against the central government will get louder,” Bose added.