Indian West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee denounced Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in an election rally. According to the Times of India on February 24, Banerjee called Modi India’s “biggest thug” and said that in the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, Modi’s BJP will suffer a fate “worse” than that of former U.S. President Donald Trump.
According to reports, Banerjee said at the rally that Prime Minister Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah are spreading lies and inciting hatred across the country. The report quoted Banerjee as saying, “Modi is the biggest ‘thug’ in the country. He will face a fate worse than Trump’s. Violence achieves no results”. Banerjee also said she would act as a poll “gatekeeper” in the upcoming Assembly elections to ensure that Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party does not win any seats. Days earlier, Modi had launched an attack on Banerjee’s State government, claiming that corruption was rampant in the region.
The BJP has been trying to wrest control of West Bengal for more than a decade from Banerjee’s grassrooted Trinamul National Congress party, which is expected to win in the elections to be held in April and May.