With only a few days remaining for the first phase of the Assembly polls, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday upped her attack against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The TMC supremo said BJP means "Bharatiya Joghonno (bad) Party", and its leaders are "monsters and demons". "It is a party of Ravana, Duryodhana, Dushasana, unrest and terror," said Mamata.
Banerjee said she has been a Lok Sabha MP seven times and has seen many prime ministers. "However, I have never seen such a ruthless, cruel PM (Modi)," she added.
Meanwhile, PM Modi on Sunday asserted that people of West Bengal will get corruption-free systems only when the BJP government will come to power in the state, adding that the manner in which questions are being raised on EVMs (Electronic voting machines) shows that Banerjee is already fearing her defeat in the upcoming elections.
Starting his election rally in Bengali, Modi said that the BJP will bring 'ashol poriborton' (real change) in West Bengal if the party forms the next government in the state.
"BJP will bring the 'Ashol Poriborton' in Bengal. The game of Corruption - Cholbe naa! The game of Syndicate - Cholbe naa! The game of cut money - Cholbe naa! After the BJP forms the government, maa'er pujo hobe, maatir tilak hobe aar manusher somman hobe! (Mother and soil will be worshiped, people will be respected)," he said.
"The more I question Didi, the angrier she gets. Now she says that she doesn't like my face. Didi, in democracy, it is the public service and not the face which is put to test," he said while addressing a rally at Bankura.
PM Modi said Mamata Banerjee has become frustrated as "Didi's people are making graffiti in the streets of Bengal wherein she is hitting my head with her foot and playing football. Didi, why are you insulting Bengal's culture and traditions? "Didi, if you want you can put your foot on my head and kick me. But Didi, I will not let you kick Bengal's development and dreams of its people," PM Modi said.
Accusing TMC of betraying the people of West Bengal, PM Modi said, "Didi, you have only made hollow announcements in the last 10 years, where is the work you claim to have done?." He urged first time voters to vote for "Sonar Bangla" and said, "I call upon the first time voters to vote and make the dream of Sonar Bangla come true. Left, Congress and TMC have wasted a lot of time of your previous generations. I can't let your futures be ruined," he added.
Elections to the 294-member state Assembly will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2.