Mamata Banerjee’s “Quit India” parallel for battle against PM

Seventeen seats in Bengal yet to vote, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today escalated her attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he is running a “Fascist government” which has cowed down the people. Drawing a parallel between her fight against the BJP and the Mahatma Gandhi’s campaign against the British, she said, “Someone has to bell the cat. In 1942, Quit India movement was launched against the British, now we are fighting to oust a fascist Modi from power”.

“There is an emergency-like situation in the country. Nobody can speak out in public as they are scared of him…  Stop this fascism and terror,” Ms Banerjee said at a rally in Debra, Midnapore.

As the mammoth seven-phase election is drawing to a close and crucial seats in Trinamool Congress bastions are up for grabs, the war of words between Ms Banerjee and PM Modi has intensified. This is the second time this week the Chief Minister amped up the attack on PM Modi.

Her outburst yesterday — that she would like to give the Prime Minister “a tight slap of democracy” — has drawn censure.

The BJP, which currently has two of the state’s 42 seats, is out to wrest 23. The campaign has been has been one of the most bitter and polarising that the state has seen.

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