Mamata Banerjee has been "clean bowled" and her entire team has been asked to leave the field, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared yesterday.
"...if you want to unload your anger, I am here. Abuse me all you want. But don't insult Bengal's dignity and tradition. Bengal won't tolerate your arrogance, tolabaaz (extortion), cut money syndicate because people want 'Asol Poribartan (real change)' now," Modi said, campaigning in Bardhaman for the Bengal election that is half-way through.
This was the first of packed rallies the PM addressed in Bengal yesterday amid rocketing Covid cases across the country, especially in states where elections are being held. People in masks as well as without them were seen at various public meetings.
PM Modi used the Trinamool's "Ma, Mati Manush (Mother, motherland, people)" slogan to attack the party, saying: "Tormenting 'Ma', looting 'Mati' and bloodshed of 'Manush' is the reality."
Making cricket references, Modi remarked that the people of Bengal had hit so many boundaries in the first four rounds of voting that the BJP had "already completed its century".
"The people of Bengal hit so many fours and sixes that BJP has already completed a century (of seats) in the first 4 phases of assembly polls. They have wiped out the Trinamool in half the match," he said.