West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his go to to Bangladesh, accusing him of making an attempt to affect voters in West Bengal the place polling started for the eight-phase meeting election within the morning.
“Elections are underway here and he (PM) goes to Bangladesh and lectures on Bengal. It is a total violation of code of conduct of the election,” Ms Banerjee mentioned at a marketing campaign occasion in Kharagpur in accordance with information company ANI.
“In 2019 Lok Sabha polls, when a Bangladeshi actor attended our rally, BJP spoke to Bangladesh government and cancelled his visa. When polls are underway here, you (PM) go to Bangladesh to seek votes from one section of people. Why shouldn’t your visa be cancelled? We will complain to the Election Commission,” she mentioned.
Mamata Banerjee was referring to the PM providing prayers at a temple in Bangladesh’s Orakandi, the birthplace of Hindu mystic determine and Matua group’s non secular guru Harichand Thakur, earlier within the day.
Orakandi is the abode of a whole lot from the Hindu Matua group, numerous whom at the moment are residents of West Bengal and an vital think about elections.
PM Modi, whose go to in the course of the temple was seen by many as a political message, also addressed members of the Matua community, saying, “I was speaking to some people here. They were saying who could have thought that India’s Prime Minister would visit Orakandi.”
He additionally promised to make it simpler for folks from India to Orakandi and introduced that his authorities will improve a ladies’ college and arrange a main college within the space. A day earlier, PM Modi had mentioned he had gone to jail while protesting for Bangladesh’s freedom.
Not taking too kindly to the canvassing throughout the border, Mamata Banerjee mentioned, “Sometimes they say Mamata has brought people from Bangladesh and did infiltration. But he (PM) himself goes to Bangladesh for vote marketing.”
West Bengal is holding elections in a report eight phases beginning Saturday in a contest that has seen the BJP pull out all stops, together with poaching numerous Trinamool leaders, to unseat the two-time Chief Minister. Votes shall be counted on May 2.