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Mamata Banerjee Describes Narendra Modi As 'Expiry PM':- The war of words between West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is heating up the state of affairs in the ongoing general election campaigns.
On Wednesday, Banerjeelaunched a blistering attack on Prime Modi describing him as "Expiry PM". She further strongly opposed his allegations against her as being a 'speed breaker' in the path of the state's development.
Banerjee denied each of the allegations leveled by Modi at rallies at Siliguri and later at Kolkata's Brigade ground during the day, to nail the "lies" spoken about the performance of her government.
Describing Modi as "Expiry Babu" and "Expiry PM", Banerjee questioned what his government at the Centre has done for the welfare of people of the country. She dared him to take part in a direct debate with her in a live telecast or in a public rally.
Banerjee claimed that the income of farmers in West Bengal has increased three times under her rule. "I am not Modi, I don't tell lies," she said, alleging that the PM has made false claims on the performance of TMC government in West Bengal.
The West Bengal chief minister said that her government has implemented several welfare schemes for the people of the state, like 'Kanyashree' for girls, 'Yuvashree' for the young people.
Banerjee said that West Bengal has been awarded by the Government of India for being the best among all states in implementing the 100-day minimum work guarantee scheme. "It’s not my claim but your government has given the award for the achievement," the firebrand leader said.
Rejecting Modi's claim of doing everything for the welfare of tea garden workers, she said: "you had promised to reopen seven closed tea gardens, but you have not done anything."
She said that Modi had promised before the 2014 elections to give every poor person Rs 15 lakhs in their bank accounts, but has not given a single penny.
Banerjee also said that the BJP government at the Centre has not done anything for the Rajbanghsis, an ethnic group with a sizeable population in the North Bengal despite having made "tall claims."
Regarding Modi's accusation that Banerjee has deprived the people of West Bengal of benefits under Ayushman Bharat scheme, she said the PM was seeking all recognition for it, though the state government had to shell out 40 percent of the cost of the programme.
"Why should I give it to you, I will do it myself," she said. She said that her government will introduce a scheme that will benefit 7.5 crore people in the state.
Enraged at the PM's accusations against her on the Pulwama attacks and the Balakot airstrike in Pakistan, Banerjee said: "we are nationalists and not fascists." She said that the Centre had prior intelligence on a possible terror attack on the CRPF convoy, but despite that, the Pulwama incident happened in which 40 troopers were killed.
Banerjee said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has insulted that the Armed forces of the country by terming them as 'Modi Sena'.
She alleged that 'Modi Sena' are those who indulge in assaulting and riotingpeople who do not conform to their ways, and terming the country's Army the same is an insult to the bravehearts who serve the country.
Banerjee claimed that if the BJP government returned to power in the general elections, they will change the Constitution and there will be no democracy in the country.