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In Kolkata rally address, PM wonders why Mamata is so busy protecting interests of her nephew

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BS Web Team  | New Delhi 

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PM Narendra Modi addresses rally at Kolkata's Brigade Parade Ground | Photo: ANI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday launched a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of "betraying and insulting" the people of the state who trusted she will bring about a change after the Left rule.

He also accused her of nepotism by choosing to play the limited role of "bua" (aunt) to her "bhatija" (nephew) instead of becoming "Didi" (elder sister) to the people.

BJP on Saturday released its first list of 57 candidates for the first two phases of the high-octane West Bengal Assembly elections. Adding colour to the crucial poll battle, the saffron camp pitted ex-Trinamool Congress heavyweight and former state Transport Minister Suvendu Adhikari against Chief Minister in East Midnapore's Nandigram seat.

Four top Republican senators have urged US President not to accept a proposal by India and South Africa to the WTO to waive anti-Covid vaccine patents, saying that waiving all rights to intellectual property would end the innovation pipeline and stop the development of new vaccines or boosters to address variants in the virus. 

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