Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first campaign at West Bengal slammed the chief minister of the state Mamata Banerjee calling her a ‘speedbreaker for development’ in the state.

Charging the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government with stalling central schemes for the uplift of the poor, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday termed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as the ‘speed breaker’ in the state’s development.

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“There is a speed breaker in West Bengal whom you know by the name of ‘Didi’. This ‘Didi’ is the speed-breaker in your development,” the Prime Minister said while referring to Banerjee at his first rally in the state after the Lok Sabha polls were announced.

Claiming that Banerjee blocked programmes for the uplift of the poor, Modi said that the TMC supremo did not allow the people to benefit from the Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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“I ensured speedy development took place across
the country. But, the same did not happen here. Development at a fast pace here is difficult. I am waiting for this ‘speed breaker’ to go so that development can gather speed. Didi has put a brake in the welfare of over 70 lakh farmers in West Bengal,” the Prime Minister said.

Taking on Congress over its poll promise to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), Modi described the law as a “shield” for the security forces in their fight against terror, and accused the grand old party of giving a proposal to make them defenceless.

Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal will be held in all the seven phases from April 11 to May 19. Counting of votes will take place on May 23.

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