PM Modi promises grand Vidyasagar statue, as battle with TMC intensifies

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Launching a blistering attack on Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said she has no belief in the elected Prime Minister of India, and he had to leave the stage at a rally in West Bengal due to ‘TMC hooliganism’.

PM Modi, who was addressing an election rally in Mau (UP), also promised to build a grand statue of 19th century reformer Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar at the same spot where the old one stood before being vandalised on Tuesday.

“Mamata didi has no belief in the Prime Minister of India who is democratically elected by 130 crore people of the country. She believes in Pakistan’s Prime Minister but not in the Indian one,” PM Modi said.

The TMC and the BJP have been locked in a bitter fight with every phase of the national elections in West Bengal witnessing clashes between workers of the two parties. At his rally, Modi said he had to leave the stage due to ‘hooliganism’ of TMC workers.

“I remember the hooliganism of TMC during my Paschim Medinipur rally. In the state’s Thakurnagar, the situation became so bad that I had to stop my speech in between and leave the stage. I have been observing Didi’s (Mamata Banerjee) behavior since long, but now the country is also seeing it,” the Prime Minister said.

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PM Modi again accused Mamata’s party of violence during Amit Shah’s Kolkata road show and said his part is committed to vision of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. “Similar hooliganism by TMC workers was again on display during Amit Shah’s roadshow in Kolkata, they vandalized Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s statue. We are committed to Vidyasagar’s vision and will install his grand statue at the same spot,” he said.

Modi is scheduled to address a total of five rallies in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday.

Mau, along with 12 other parliamentary constituencies of the state, will go to polls on May 19 in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha elections. Results will be announced on May 23.

(With ANI inputs)

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