Prime Minister Narendra Modi today compared the Mamata Banerjee government to a second version of the Left Front government in Bengal and said there has been a “rebirth of communism” under her rule. The indicator, he said, was that politics has been criminalized and administration has been politicized in the state.
The state’s politics is the “biggest reason for its condition,” he said
“Bengal wants to ask Trinamool — those who fired on the people of Nandigram — why is she taking the same people in her party,” the Prime Minister said at a political rally in Haldia — considered the stronghold of Suvendu Adhikari, who joined the BJP in December.
Mr Adhikari, a former minister, has been an import from the Trinamool — one of the many who joined the BJP in the last months. The exodus of leaders has been a point of contention between the two parties, though officially the Trinamool has maintained that only the corrupt and the sidelined leaders have gone to the BJP.
This is PM Modi’s second official visit to Bengal within two weeks. His first visit — held in January to mark the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, one of the state’s icons — had triggered huge flashpoint with the state’s Trinamool Congress government after the “Jai Shri Ram” slogan controversy.