New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi taunted Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee over violence at Amit Shah’s rally, saying he wanted to see if she would allow his rally in Kolkata.
The rallies of senior BJP leaders — including Amit Shah and the party’s star campaigner Yogi Adityanath — have been a flashpoint in West Bengal, where the BJP is aiming to win 23 of 42 seats.
In the backdrop of violence in West Bengal, the BJP has claimed that Mamata is unnerved by the growing popularity of the party and has been doing her best to stop it.
Modi said he was going to West Bengal for a rally in Dum Dum. “Let us see if Didi allows it. If she has her way, she will not allow my helicopter to land,” he said.
Earlier, the state government declined landing permission to choppers and even rallies.
On Monday, the government did not give landing permission to Amit Shah’s chopper and withdrew permission for one of his three rallies.
Permission was also denclined for a rally that was to be addressed by Yogi Adityanath. Both rallies were to be held in Kolkata, which is voting on Sunday along with eight other seats in the state in the last phase of the national election.
Modi, at a rally in the state Wednesday, had asserted that Banerjee is afraid of the outcome of the election and is “scared of her own shadow”.