Making a last minute dash to reach out to the electorate, before the Election Commission’s campaign ban kicks in at 10pm, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee did her final roadshow along Kolkata’s Jadavpur University, on Thursday evening.
Hundreds gathered awaiting Mamata Banerjee’s arrival, in solidarity two days after miscreants destroyed a statue of reformist Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar and attacked Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah’s rally, earlier this week.
Earlier in the day, addressing a public meeting, Mamata Banerjee hit out at PM Modi, alleging that the venue he had used for his public meeting at Mathurapur, belonged to a person who illegally owned a micro finance company. She also added that the state police would begin investigating the person. PM Narendra Modi on Thursday conducted a rally at the far end of Kolkata at Dum Dum.
Support for Mamata remains unwavering with the gathered crowds chanting anti-BJP slogans as Mamata made her entry along the area for her roadshow.
“No matter how much the BJP tries, we know Mamata will win. Look at the roads and the traffic system in this city. It has changed so dramatically over the last 10 years and we have only her to thank. And the BJP is only capable of desecrating our statues and legacy," says Biswarup Sarkar, who works at a local school in the area.
The anger over the episode, however, has begun to wane. Concerns over national issues remain foremost on the voters’ minds, who gathered in hundreds for the final campaign before the state goes to polls in the final phase of Lok Sabha elections on 19 May.
“What happened (breaking of Vidyasagar’s statue) was terrible. It has ended part of our legacy. But we need to think about what the BJP is capable of doing. The schemes they talk about have not reached us and Modi makes an appearance here and expects to sway the electorate," said Prasenjit Dey, who works at a bank.
“It is no secret that BJP was behind the attacks. So why blame the state government which has only worked for us. Has the Modi government done anything? They need to first take control of the Centre and then think about Bengal," said Krishna Rai, a local tea shop owner.
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