Highlights: BJP is not an outsider, we have Bengal in our DNA, says PM Modi
- This will be PM Modi's first rally in the state since the election commission announced the dates for the assembly election. However, PM Modi has visited the state multiple times in the past few months. Corruption has peaked so much that TMC ready to play Corruption Olympics: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in Kolkata on Sunday to address a rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in West Bengal, where assembly elections will be held later this month. This is the Prime Minister's first rally in the eastern state since the Election Commission of India announced the dates for the assembly polls. PM Modi has visited the state multiple times in the past few months to boost the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chances in the high-stakes poll.
Actor Mithun Chakraborty also joined the BJP ahead of Modi's rally. According to news agency ANI, BJP leaders have claimed that the rally is expected to be attended by at least 700,000 people. More than 1,500 CCTV cameras have been installed across the city and drones are also being used to monitor the venue.
Assembly elections in West Bengal will be held in eight phases from March 27 to April 29 and the results for the polls to the 294-seat assembly will be declared on May 2.Meanwhile, chief minister Mamata Banerjee is also set to hold a roadshow against the rising price of LPG cylinder.
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MAR 07, 2021 03:40 PM IST
Are founders of Indian National Congress or Mao-Lenin-Marx not outsiders, asks PM Modi
"I have known Didi for several years but this is not the Didi who stood up against the Left Front govt. Her remote control is elsewhere. We are outsiders, they say, are the founders of Congress’ not outsiders? Are Marx, Lenin, Mao not outsiders? But our leader was Syama Prasad Mookerjee so Bengal is in BJP’s DNA. We are indebted to Bengal", PM Modi said.
MAR 07, 2021 03:37 PM IST
'Bhoy paben na': PM Modi says TMC's game is over
PM Modi tells people to vote fearlessly and not fear TMC's goons.
MAR 07, 2021 03:29 PM IST
People say I work for my friends, yes I do because my friends are the poor and needy: PM Modi
PM Modi said that people who are impoverished and needy are the ones who are his real friends. He says he made sure his 'friends' receive government's aid like ration during lockdown, free gas cylinders to the poor people and free vaccines for the elderly.
MAR 07, 2021 03:24 PM IST
Not only Bengal's daughter, maybe Didi should realise she is also India's daughter: PM Modi
PM Modi asks Mamata Banerjee to consider herself as India's daughter and not limit herself to idea that she is solely 'Bengal's daughter'.
MAR 07, 2021 03:21 PM IST
PM Modi says he is surprised to see Didi's scooty take a sudden turn towards Nandigram
PM Modi says Didi's scooty has taken a sudden turn towards Nandigram when it was supposed to stop at Bhawanipore. He was referring to Mamata Banerjee's protest move where she was seen sitting in a scooty in order to protest against rising fuel prices. He was also talking about Banerjee's decision to contest from Nandigram
MAR 07, 2021 03:14 PM IST
You were chosen to be Bengal's Didi, why did you choose to love only 1 nephew, says PM
PM Modi says Mamata Banerjee has forgotten that she herself was against politics of nepotism. He also asked why did she choose to love only 1 nephew when there are thousands of nephews and nieces across Bengal who want similar attention.
MAR 07, 2021 03:10 PM IST
PM Modi says Bengal's mothers have 'wept endlessly' due to 'state-sponsored atrocities'
PM Modi says Bengal's mothers and daughter have shed their tears because the government in the state has not done anything for women safety and left many mothers childless with political killings.
MAR 07, 2021 03:07 PM IST
Has the TMC brought change in the lives of people of Bengal: PM Modi
PM Modi says TMC failed to bring the promised 'change' to the lives of people and has also failed to bring the changes to lives of its government employees.
MAR 07, 2021 02:59 PM IST
'Commissionbaji will not stop developmental works anymore': PM
PM says roads leading to airport, Kolkata Metro expansion and regularisation of slums has been halted due to the practice of commissionbaji. He says it is time for BJP to come to power and end that practice.
MAR 07, 2021 02:57 PM IST
No one can stop Kolkata from becoming a futuristic city: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that Kolkata's citizens wish to see their city be on the top of list of cities which rank high on the livability index. He promised that BJP will fulfil that target.
MAR 07, 2021 02:54 PM IST
Come 2047, it will be Bengal which will lead India, Prime Minister says
PM Modi says come 2047, when India will complete 100 years of its independence, Bengal will lead India.
MAR 07, 2021 02:53 PM IST
Today a son of the soil has joined us, he knows how Bengal has fared in the last few years: PM Modi on Mithun Chakraborty
PM Modi says 'Banglar Chele' (son of Bengal) Mithun Chakraborty has joined BJP because he knows how much Bengal has suffered.
MAR 07, 2021 02:50 PM IST
'Ashol Poriborton' is the mantra of Bengal BJP: PM Modi
PM Modi says leaders of Bengal BJP are working to bring all round development to Bengal. He says it is time for development and not for appeasement.
MAR 07, 2021 02:46 PM IST
Some people may feel it is already May 2: PM Modi
PM Modi, amid rousing chants of BJP supporters cheering his every line, says that people here may feel that it is already May 2. He also says that it is time for 'ashol poriborton' and 'time to end tyranny of the current government.'
MAR 07, 2021 02:44 PM IST
Left and Congress have a anti-Bengal agenda, PM Modi
PM Modi said in this tripartite contest it is the Left and Congress who have an anti-Bengal mentality.
MAR 07, 2021 02:43 PM IST
Cadres of Mamata didi have terrorised Bengal, says PM Modi
'The people who have gathered here are evidence of the hope that is being nurtured by the people who will vote out Trinamool Congress in the upcoming elections," PM Modi said.
MAR 07, 2021 02:40 PM IST
This ground has seen several patriots: PM Modi
PM Modi says that Brigade Ground has seen several large gatherings but the ground has also been witness to several political parties who have halted the development of Bengal.
MAR 07, 2021 02:34 PM IST
PM Modi begins speech with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and Vande Mataram chants
BJP leader Dilip Ghosh and actor Mithun Chakrabarti greeted PM Modi with uttariyos.
MAR 07, 2021 02:25 PM IST
'If you are walking in the right direction, keep walking': Supriyo
Union minister Babul Supriyo says able people will now take Bengal to new heights under the leadership of Narendra Modi.
MAR 07, 2021 02:24 PM IST
Chaudhuri says no more 'khela', time for 'development'
Union minister for state ministry of women and child development says Bengal's citizens have no time for 'khela' which took lives of several people. She says BJP will bring new era of development.
MAR 07, 2021 02:18 PM IST
Dilip Ghosh asks BJP supporters to not move forward breaking the barricades
West Bengal BJP leader Dilip Ghosh asks a section of BJP supporters to stay put in their places and not to rush towards the barricades separating the crowd from the stage.
MAR 07, 2021 01:58 PM IST
PM Modi lands in Kolkata ahead of mega rally
The Prime Minister said he is looking forward to interacting with the people of Bengal.
MAR 07, 2021 01:45 PM IST
TMC has become pvt limited company: Suvendu Adhikari
Trinamool Congress is not a political party, it has become a private limited company. Its chairman is called Mamata Banerjee and its MD is Tolabaaz Bhaipo, says BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari at Brigade Parade Ground, Kolkata
MAR 07, 2021 01:07 PM IST
Actor Mithun Chakrabarty joins BJP
Actor Mithun Chakrabarty joins Bharatiya Janata Party at Brigade Parade Ground.
MAR 07, 2021 01:03 PM IST
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh greets Mithun Chakrabarty
West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh greets actor Mithun Chakrabarty at Brigade Parade Ground ahead of the rally. BJP's national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya also present at the stage.
MAR 07, 2021 12:44 PM IST
Actor Mithun Chakrabarty arrives at stage
MAR 07, 2021 12:32 PM IST
Supporters start to gather at the ground ahead of rally
MAR 07, 2021 11:56 AM IST
Police to monitor security with drone cameras
The preparations are in full swing for the PM Modi rally. As per report, police will use drone cameras to monitor the situation.
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- Governor Dhankhar said he was shocked by incidents of attack following the West Bengal assembly elections, and decided to visit various places affected by the post-poll violence in the interest of the people.
- Dhankhar will visit West Bengal's Sitalkuchi and other places in Coochbehar where he will interact with victims of post-poll violence.
- The four-member team, led by an additional secretary of the home ministry, is tasked with looking into reasons for the violence which took the lives of at least 16 people.
- Mamata also targeted the Prime Minister over the allocation of funds for vaccination purposes. She said that the money should be allocated for free vaccines rather than building statues and constructing a new Parliament building.
- Muraleedharan accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of perpetrating the attack on his convoy.