Kolkata: Campaigning in Debra on Wednesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee drew a parallel between her campaign against the BJP and the Quit India Movement of 1942. (Catch Complete Coverage of Lok Sabha Elections 2019 Here)
“In 1942, Quit India movement was launched against the British, we are fighting to oust a fascist Modi from power,” she said at a rally. Claiming that if PM Modi returns to power, he will destroy the “constitutional fabric” and no elections will be held in future.
“There will be no freedom or democracy in the country if Modi is voted to power again. It is time we show the door to Modi and the BJP. It’s time this government is buried during this democratic exercise (elections),” she was quoted as having said.
Calling it an emergency-like situation, Banerjee claimed that people were scared to express their opinion in public. “Nobody can speak out in public as they are scared of him…Stop this fascism and terror.”
Bashing the PM for saying he was a tea seller once, Banerjee said, “From a chaiwala, he has become a chowkidar (watchman). We do not want a chowkidar who tells lies.
“Modi had promised achchhe din (good times) after coming to power. In reality, the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up and minorities and adivasis no longer feel safe in the wake of attacks on them,” she said.
Banerjee went on to allege that India was under threat with PM Modi at the helm. “We want leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji Subhas Bose, Ambedkar, Rajendra Prasad and Swami Vivekananda. They (the BJP), however, talk about Nathruam Godse and not of Gandhiji,” she said.