War of words: Political discourse crashes down to new lows a day before first phase polls in Bengal

War of words: Political discourse crashes down to new lows a day before first phase polls in Bengal

Biswabrata Goswami

DASPUR/CHANDRAKONA, 26 MARCH: A day before the state begins voting for 30 assembly constituencies in Junglemahal area, political discourse crashed down to new lows after Trinamul Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee hurled blistering attacks on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah on Friday.

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Addressing a rally in Chandrakona, Mamata called Shah a “demon” and took a swipe at the PM over his beard saying, “industrial growth has stopped and only Modi’s beard is growing.”

Flipping back the BJP’s accusations of the ruling Trinamul Congress runs extortion syndicates, Mamata said, “They have two syndicates. One is a rioter, has sponsored riots in Delhi, Gujarat and UP. And the other one… has slowed industrial growth but is only growing his beard. Sometimes he puts himself above Gandhi ji, above Rabindranath Tagore, sometimes calls himself Swami Vivekananda and names stadiums after himself. One day he will sell the country too and name it after himself. Something is wrong with their head. It seems a screw is loose.”

Painting PM Modi as a self-absorbed leader who renames stadiums after himself and has his photographs printed on coronavirus vaccination certificates, Mamata has often said the day is not far when the country will be renamed after him.

“The Prime Minister has named a stadium after him. He has put his photographs on COVID-19 vaccination certificates. He is making ISRO send his picture to space. A day will come when the country will be named after him,” Mamata had said earlier this month.

Last week, Mamata had called Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) a party of “unrest and terror”.

Addressing a rally at Nandakumar in East Midnapore, she also attacked the PM saying in her long career as a parliamentarian she never came across such a ruthless and cruel PM.

On Tuesday, the state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh had made a controversial remark against Mamata while addressing a rally in Purulia saying she wants to show her plastered leg to everyone and asked “why doesn’t she just wear a pair of Bermudas?”

On Thursday, he defended his reported remark saying it is inappropriate for a woman to show her legs in a saree.

Ghosh’s comments invited sharp criticism from TMC leader Mahua Moitra who said “these perverted depraved monkeys think they are going to win Bengal?”

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