New Delhi: Enthused by the large turnout at his rally in Thakurnagar district of West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took a jibe a TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating that he now understood why the Chief Minister had to resort to violence in the state. “Now I can understand why Didi (Banerjee) and her party are indulging in violence…killing innocent people. She has become jittery because of your love for us. Thank you for turning out in large number,” the Prime Minister asserted.

Escalating his attack on the TMC chief. PM Modi said that it is unfortunate that the villages of the state have been ignored even after so many decades of independence.

“It is extremely unfortunate that the villages of West Bengal have not been given enough attention even after so many decades of independence. Leaders have not focused on the development of rural areas. New India cannot function in this way. The central government is making every effort for the past 4.5 years for the development of farmers and agricultural labourers,” news agency PTI quoted the Prime Minister as saying.

The Prime Minister also appealed the Banerjee-led TMC government to extend support to the Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019, which will be presented during the Budget Session of Parliament. “Due to communalism, people from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh had to flee from their countries. People from various religions including Hindu, Jains, Parsi found no other place but India. It is for these people that we have got the citizenship bill. I appeal to TMC to support this bill and let it pass in the Parliament.”

Speaking at the rally, the Prime Minister also lauded the interim budget presented by acting Finance Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday. “There will be no syndicate tax, no obstacles. The people will directly receive the Rs. 6,000 meant for them under the new budget. The farmers can use this money to meet the expenditures needed for agriculture. This is just the beginning, the main budget after Lok Sabha election will have much more for the youth, farmers, and other sections of the society,” PM Modi promised.

However, PM Modi was forced to cut short his speech at Thakurnagar rally amid stampede-like situation. If reports are to be believed, PM Modi ended his address in just 14 minutes following the incident, which comes  less than a week after vehicles used to ferrying audience for BJP chief Amit Shah’s rally in East Midnapore were vandalised by miscreants when these were parked outside the rally venue.