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Modi says TMC goons behind vandalisation of Vidyasagar statue, vows to install new one

Press Trust of India  |  Mau (UP) 

Thursday said his government was committed towards Chandra Vidyasagar's vision and promised to install his grand statue at the same spot in Kolkata where it was vandalised by "TMC goondas".

Lashing out at Mamata Banerjee, the said he was going for a rally in Dum Dum later in the day but was not sure if the Chief Minister will allow his helicopter to land.

"We have been witnessing the attitude of didi for long and now the country is also seeing it. Dedicated to the vision of Chand Vidyasagar, our government will install a panchdhatu (made up of five metals) statue at the very spot and give a reply to TMC goondas," he said while addressing a poll rally here.

"The statue of was broken by TMC goondas during the road show of Those involved in this act should be given strong punishment," the said.

Kolkata witnessed wide-spread violence during BJP president Shah's massive road show on Tuesday. A bust of 19th century Bengali icon was vandalised during the violence.

charged that "anarchy" was spread by TMC workers during his earlier meetings in West Midnapore and Thakurnagar.

"In Cooch Behar in Bengal where a dais was to be set up for my rally, didi got a grand dais made for her party. I have been seeing this attitude of didi since long but now the country is seeing it," he said.

"I have a rally in Dum Dum. Let us see if didi allows it. If she has her way she will not allow the helicopter to land, said.

Hitting back at BSP supremo Mayawati, who had attacked him over violence in West Bengal, Modi said, "The manner in which the government has been targeting UPiites, Biharis and those from Purvanchal, I thought behenji will give a befitting reply but she is more concerned about power".

Lashing out at the SP-BSP alliance, he said those raising "Modi-hatao slogans are today frustrated. has made their arithmetic all wrong and so their abuses have increased".

"Actually the country has come to know the truth of these mahamilavatis...they all know that Modi hatao was just a slogan but actually their aim is to hide their corruption," he said, adding they somehow want a 'khichdi' and weak government which can be "blackmailed" as per their needs.

"SP-BSP have made an opportunistic alliance. They have struck a deal at the top but on the ground their workers are still attacking each other," he said.

"They are mistaken in thinking that SP and BSP votes will be transferred.They take some castes as their slaves," he said, adding it appears they did not understood situation in 2014, 2017 polls but will now understand in 2019 that castes should not be treated as slave.

In the name of castes they gained power and used it for making bungalows and make their relatives 'crorepatis' and 'arabpatis', he charged.

"Be it bua or babua they have distanced themsleves from people, created a tall wall of 'darbaris' and yes men that they cannot see the 'sukh dukh' of the poor," he said.

While accusing the Opposition of creating hurdles in freeing Muslim daughters of the curse of triple talaq, he said, "Your sewak wants to empower daughters".

He said 'mahamilawatis' have fielded a candidate from Ghosi seat who is a rape accused and absconder.

The history of Samajwadi Party, the prime minister said, is known by the people of UP "but behenji, will you seek votes for such a candidate. All know what was the situation of betis during the rule but behenji your stand on the rape of a dalit daughter in Alwar has brought your behaviour also under question".

The government in is being run with the support of behenji but it tried to keep the rape incident hidden in view of elections... this attitude of behenji shows that for selfish interest anyone can be betrayed, he said.

Stressing that his government was committed to security of women, Modi said it was his government which brought death penalty in rape cases and pressing the button on lotus will mean death penalty for rapists.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 14:46 IST
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