Nearly three months after leaders from 23 political parties took the stage at Kolkata’s historic Brigade Parade Grounds, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the BJP’s election campaign at the same venue, promising the people a Bengal free from the “goonda raj” of the TMC and Left.

Taking a swipe at the ‘United India’ rally, which was organised by the TMC on January 19, PM Modi said leaders from different states converged in Bengal only to say “Modi hatao, Modi hatao”.

“What sin has Modi committed? Is giving free toilets to the poor a sin, to give cooking gas to the poor is a sin?” the PM said. While Modi was also scheduled to address a rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Grounds on February 8, it was cancelled by the party at the last minute.

In a direct attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and MP Abhishek Banerjee, Modi said the state was being “run” and “ruined” by aunt-nephew and the BJP would overthrow the misrule in Bengal. He further said the BJP would implement seventh pay commission recommendations in Bengal if it came to power.

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