Asansol: In West Bengal to campaign for his party, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday sought to draw parallels between Congress and ruling TMC in the state. (Catch LIVE Updates of Lok Sabha Elections Phase 3 Voting Here) Also Read - 9 Dead In Railways Building Fire in Kolkata, 4 Firetenders Among Deceased
He said, “Before 2014, Congress government had made a record of corruption. Today, TMC government is giving tough competition to the Congress. Corruption and crime are non-stop in TMC rule. And ‘Speed-breaker Didi’ is also there.” Also Read - Sourav Ganguly to Join Politics in Future? BCCI President Answers
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Taking a jibe at TMC for roping in Bangladeshi actors, the PM said, “Today, TMC’s condition has become such that people are not turning up for their rallies, they are forced to call actors from abroad. I feel pity for you didi, look what the brave people of Bengal have done to you.”
“Mutthi bhar seatein ladkar hamari ‘didi’ PM ban’ne ka sapna bhi dekh rahi hain, agar auction se PM ka pad mil jaata to Congress aur didi, dono auction mein, jo maal loota usko lekar aa jaate. Didi, ye PM pad auction mein nahi hai jo Sharda, Narada ke paiso se kharida jaa sake (She is fighting on a handful of seats and aspires to be the PM. If PM’s post was up for auction, both Congress and didi (Mamata) would come with all the money they’ve looted to stake a claim. But PM’s post is not for sale which can be bought).”
Earlier in the day, after casting his vote in Ahmedabad’s Ranip, the PM said that voter ID was more powerful than IED. “The weapon of terrorism is IED, the strength of democracy is voter ID. I can say with surety that the voter ID is much much more powerful than an IED, so we should understand the strength of our voter IDs,” he said while speaking to media persons.
He also likened casting vote to a holy dip in Kumbh and said, “Today third phase of polling is underway, I am fortunate that I also got the opportunity to fulfil my duty in my home state of Gujarat. Like you feel pure after a holy dip in Kumbh, one feels pure after casting vote in this festival of democracy.”