Chanchal: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday drew a parallel between the working styles of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has been critical of the BJP-led government. Gandhi said both the leaders run their governments “without consulting anyone” ignoring the voice of the people.
The Congress president said both PM Modi and CM Banerjee have unitary style of functioning and alleged that the two leaders “only make false promises” in their speeches.
“Narendra Modi tells lies in his speeches. Wherever he goes he tells one or the other lie,” Gandhi said at his public rally in Malda. This was his first public rally in West Bengal since April 2016.
After PM Modi, the Congress president targeted the chief minister accusing her of “adopting the same tactics as of the Left Front of the olden days”.
“Bengal is today run by one person. She does not consult with anyone. She does what she wants to do. Does Bengal not have a voice? The Congress workers are beaten up here. You don’t have to get scared. We are going to form government at the Centre and then you will see what we will do,” Gandhi said.
Malda, the venue of Gandhi’s public rally, along with Murshidabad has been the traditional stronghold of the Congress. But the party suffered an embarrassment going into the Lok Sabha polls as the sitting MP from Malda North, Mausam Benazir Noor switched sides from the Congress to the ruling TMC.
Gandhi slammed Noor for “betraying” the party ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He said, “Here you have always voted for the Congress. This time, one person has betrayed you. Remember this, don’t forget that a former Congress candidate has betrayed you.”
“She has betrayed you under pressure and after getting scared. Remind her that one can’t work through betrayal in Bengal,” Gandhi told the Malda voters. Noor has been nominated from Malda North by the TMC in the Lok Sabha polls.