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West Bengal: Modi addresses public rallies, seeks support for Citizenship Bill

In his speech he said, "You won’t have to pay any syndicate tax, the money (to farmers) will be paid directly to your bank account," he further criticized other government for be fooling innocent farmers by making fake promises of waiving-off farmers loans, "Politics of waiver of farmer loans an effort to throw dust in their eyes."

Saima Siddiqui

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Published on 2 Feb 2019 9:14 AM GMT

West Bengal: Modi addresses public rallies, seeks support for Citizenship Bill
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Kolkata: Ahead of LS Polls, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Saturday, reached West Bengal to address public rallies at the border district of North 24 Parganas, and Durgapur Stadium which is spread over 12,73,600 sq ft. Thakurnagar is about 64 km from Kolkata.

The rallies are being held at a time when the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal has upped the ante against the BJP-headed government at the Centre and has given the call to oust the Modi government in 2019 Lok Sabha Elections.

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From political point of view this rally holds a very important significance for BJP, as in Bengal his party is targeting at least 22-23 seats out of the total 42.

Modi began his speech by praising the Matua sect founder Harichand Thakur’s for his contribution to society and recalled the contribution of author Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay, writer of Pather Panchali.

In his speech he said, "You won’t have to pay any syndicate tax, the money (to farmers) will be paid directly to your bank account," he further criticized other government for be fooling innocent farmers by making fake promises of waiving-off farmers loans, "Politics of waiver of farmer loans an effort to throw dust in their eyes."

Citing the example of Karnataka government Modi said, "In Karnataka, farmers who couldn’t repay loans had police let loose on them."

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He also said that the farmers who did not take loans were also given loan waivers, “In Karnataka, farmers who could not repay loans had police let loose on him. And the chief minister of this state is supporting the Karnataka CM.”

PM Modi not only spoke about loan farmers but also urged Mamta Banerjee led Trinamool party, to support the BHP government to implement the Citizenship Amendment Bill.

"My government brought in the Citizenship Amendment Bill, I am asking Trinamool to support it.” PM Modi said as he concluded his speech in Bengal’s Thakurnagar.

Modi will also visit Durgapur, where he will dedicate to the nation, the rail electrification of Andal-Sainthia-Pakur-Malda and Khana-Sainthia Sections, and the Hijli-Narayangarh third line. These works will strengthen the transport sector in the East and Northeast.

However, Durgapur rally of the prime minister will be part of BJP’s ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ (save democracry) programme in the state.

West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh said apart from Modi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and many other top leaders will attend several ‘Ganatantra Bachao’ rallies across the state.

Later in the day, he paid a visit to the temple at the house of Dalit Matua community matriarch Binapani Debi, better known to community members as ‘Baro-ma'.

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