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Modi says people want Gujarat-like development in Bengal


Ahmedabad, May 27 (IANS): Indicating that Bharatiya Janata Party is eyeing to conquer West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Sunday that the people in the eastern state are wishing for a Gujarat-like development.

Modi recalled that ever since the 2014 elections, the story of Gujarat's development initiatives had reached all corners of the country even before he reached various places for campaigning.

"I watched a social media interview of an elderly woman in West Bengal where she kept on repeating Modi-Modi. But when asked who she will vote for, she said she will vote for the communists.

"When she was asked why, since she wanted Gujarat like development, she said this is Bengal, we can't say all this publicly, you never know what happens to you," Modi said during his first speech in Gujarat after the 2019 landslide victory in the Lok Sabha battle.

The BJP, dramatically, improved its Lok Sabha tally in the state from two seats in the 2014 elections to 18 seats this time from the total 42 seats.

Modi, who arrived here along with BJP President Amit Shah, was speaking at a thanks-giving public function near the old BJP headquarters in Ahmedabad's Khanpur area.

While concluding his speech, he asked the people to raise the slogan "Bharat mata ki jai" and asked them to be louder, saying, "I and Amitbhai have to work there, our voice has to reach Bengal."

Similarly, the party chief Amit Shah also asked people to raise the slogan.

"Arey bhai, you sound too low after such a huge victory! Raise the slogans loud enough so that it echoes in West Bengal."

The Assembly elections in West Bengal are scheduled in 2021.

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  • anthony, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Not a whisper at any time during the electioneering about the fake Gujarat Model of Devlopment touted before the elections in 2014. Not a word about the achievements about the five year rule. Only kept attacking the congress like an opposition leader including exhuming late Rajiv Gandhi. He has only been busy in elections through out his tenure and lefy governance to neglect. The economy is in shambles, banks are intatters, PSU's are on the verge of closure, max overdraft from RBI, Framers are in utter distress, no jobs. the economy is sluggish and heading towards slowdown.

    The EVM's have rescued Modi. Say No to EVM's and Yes to Ballot Papers.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Bengal has Fire Fighting Snorkels for their Sky Scrapers ...

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  • Jennifer, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Maximum number of billionaire businessmen from the state migrated to the West with their wealth ?

    Need to contemplate whether Bengal or any other state want to become like Gujarat. On personal basis might be correct but being a PM of the nation one will think again if its right for a leader to suggest exporting India's wealth which is equal to keeping it in Swiss Banks.

    No wonder BJP's FM told the nation that 'All money in Swiss Banks is not BLACK' !

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    If he is going to install one more branch of share and stock markets registered office, then there's chances.

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  • Chatty Shetty, mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    True. Statue of Vallabhai Patel and no ladder with fire service personnel to reach the fourth floor of building on fire. The development is so much in the education sector that 63 schools reported zero passing of students

    Now chailwala's blabbering will more since his confidence has increased after the win.

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  • sunitha, udupi

    Mon, May 27 2019

    Dear Modiji we the indians love your "cloudy-digicam theory" ...............................so please continue...........

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, May 27 2019

    on developments from your tenure, u did not win, da literate & illiterates deaf, blind voted u. v know ahmadabad was shown as shanghai of china which was not.

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