Narendra Modi trying to divide Bengalis on the lines of religion: Mamata Banerjee

Apr 29, 2014, 11:42 IST | Agencies

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee yesterday alleged it would be a nightmarish if the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi became the prime minsiter and also accused Modi of trying to divide people of Bengal on the lines of religion.

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“We are staring at a nightmarish dream as the person is being projected by you (media) as the PM of the country. If he becomes the PM, it is nation’s misfortune and dark days will be ushered in,” Banerjee told reporters at the makeshift state secretariat in Howrah.

“He is saying that Bengalis from Bangladesh will be packed off to Bangladesh. Why? Who is he to speak like that? Bangladesh is a neighbouring country. Will I have to go and pick up a fight with them on the issue? We have to strike a good relation,” she said.

Lashing out
Stating that the people of Bengal could not be divided, she said he had the ‘cheek’ to create a divide between Bengalis and non-Bengalis.

Alleging that Modi had tried to divide Darjeeling during his first election campaign in the sate, she said, “They do not have any right to do politics.

They orchestrate riots between Hindus and Muslims.... Now, he is trying to divide the people of Bengal on the lines of Hindus and Muslims.”

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