New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second leg of the scheduled rallies on Friday in Chhattisgarh and then West Bengal ended on a high note, with the Jalpaiguri public meet prompting immediate reaction from Mamata Banerjee.

The West Bengal leg of the tour started with the Prime Minister first laying foundation for the four-laning of the Falakata-Salsalabari section of National Highway-31 D and then inaugurating the New High Court Circuit Bench at Jalpaiguri.

Proceeding to the ‘Save Democracy Rally’, the prime minister began his speech by evoking his humble past as a tea-seller and said, “I have a special relationship with north Bengal, you grow tea here and I made tea.”

Immediately after the prime minister mounted a sharp attack on the Mamata Banerjee-led government and pointed how the state machinery has failed all three TS- tea, timber and tourism- all of which West Bengal is known for.

“North Bengal is known for three Ts – tea, timber and tourism. All three were neglected by all the previous state governments. The law and order situation here has worsened over the years. Industries were not developed, youth are migrating, and projects of schemes are stalled, but all this doesn’t bother the state government. It is evident that the Congress and Trinamool do not care about the people.”

He added that once a land of peace and arts and culture, all that West Bengal has been rendered to is violence, blood and misinformation.

Like his Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh rally, in Jalpaiguri too, the prime minister did not miss an opportunity to mock the Opposition’s ambitious plans of a grand alliance (mahagathbandhan), calling it a mahamilavat (highly adulterated). “Every corrupt person today has a problem with me. We are trying to eradicate poverty, help the poor and save our armed forces from corrupt schemes, and here is the mahamilavat who is trying to do the opposite.”

His penultimate jibe was aimed at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who he said now harbours dream of only becoming the prime minister, therefore deserting the poor at the mercy of alliance.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended his speech at Jalpaiguri by mentioning how the Congress Party is trying to muzzle NDA government’s efforts for the upliftment of Muslim women. “Congress has forgotten how much the Muslim daughters and sisters have suffered due to Triple Talaq. Congress not only stopped the bill in Parliament, but now they are talking about abolishing Triple Talaq completely.”