Siliguri: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday condoled the death of four people in firing by central forces in poll-related violence at Cooch Behar in West Bengal and blamed Trinamool Congress for the sad happening. “Didi has stooped to this level as she can see her chair slipping away. This violence and the tactic of instigating people to attack the central security forces and attempts to obstruct the polling process will not protect you. You have to go out of power (after defeat in the polls),” the Prime Minister said.
“What happened in Cooch Behar is very saddening. My sympathies are with the families of those who died, I condole their demise. Didi and her goons are perturbed, seeing the people’s support for BJP”.
Addressing an election rally in Siliguri, not far from Cooch Behar, Modi urged the Election Commission to take stern action against those responsible for the incident. “What happened in Cooch Behar is unfortunate and sad,” he said and also accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of having instigated people against the central forces.
The Prime Minister said for a long ten years as the Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee was not angry nor took steps against violence and arsonists. “But today, she is angry with the central security forces,” he said.
“During this ongoing festival of democracy (that is elections), you Didi have become a cause of people’s tear,” the Prime Minister said. “I extend my condolences to the bereaved families and request the Election Commission to take stern action against those responsible for the incident. Mamata Didi and her Trinamool goons have become jittery because of the enhanced support base for the BJP,” Modi said.
Four persons were reportedly killed when CISF personnel opened fire after locals and Trinamool workers, “attempted to snatch their rifles”.
The incident took place in the Sitalkuchi area when voting was underway, a senior district police officer said.
“Didi is asking people to attack and gherao security forces who are here to protect the rights of the people of the state,” the Prime Minister said.
Mr Modi further said, “The Central forces oversee elections across the nation. They have overseen polls in four states peacefully. The problem is not with the Central forces, the problem is your violent politics. The problem is stopping ‘Chhappa votes”.
The Prime Minister said people of Bengal have made up their mind to oust the TMC dispensation which has earned a name for itself as a ‘tolabazi party’.
The Prime Minister also said North Bengal was critical to national security which has been undermined due to appeasement politics of Mamata Banerjee.
The Prime Minister asserted, “I saw a video on social media. In it, the tourism minister of Bengal who is close to Didi is threatening the people of the state, saying if people voted for BJP, people will be thrown out of the Bengal. Will you accept this language, such sorts of threats?”
Reports said the central forces had to open fire as the Quick Response Team had tried to intervene and control group clashes. Earlier, one BJP worker was killed in the locality.