Mamata failed to bring in change despite her ‘paribartan’ call: PM Modi

Asansol(PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had boycotted meetings called by the Centre to discuss the issue of States’ development and failed to bring in any transformation despite her call for “paribartan” (change).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a campaign meeting at Kharagpur in West Bengal on March 27.

“What kind of Chief Minister is she? Whenever the Centre called a meeting to discuss development of states, Didi boycotted it. Even if it hurt her State. She did not attend those meetings only because Modi convened it. But whenever she visited Delhi, she met Sonia Gandhi and took her blessings,” Mr. Modi said at an election rally in Bipara.

Mr. Modi, who campaigned in northern Bengal said, “She gave the call for paribartan and misled the people. She talked about Ma-Mati-Manush, but there is only maut [death] and money. The Narada sting operation has shown it.”

Mr. Modi slammed Ms. Banerjee also on the recent collapse of a Kolkata flyover, saying instead of beginning immediate relief work and saving people, she had started the blame game. “The first thing she said was to put the blame on the Left for giving the contract of the flyover. But if the flyover was completed, would she have congratulated the Left? [In such an event] she would have taken the credit for the flyover.”

Mr. Modi said when she took over the government it seemed that she would try to set things right in the State after the misrule of the Left. “But she only carried forward the legacy of the Left, and led the State to further ruin.”

Instead of talking about development, both the Trinamool Congress and the Left were engaged in a blame game against each other. “Your future is not safe in the hands of the TMC and the Left,” he said.

Referring to the Saradha chit fund scam, he said, “If Didi tries to save those involved in it, she should be sent back.”

Appealing to the people to give the BJP a chance, he said wherever the BJP was in power there is development.