Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee hit the streets of Kolkata on International Women’s Day, walking from College Street to Esplanade in the heart of the city and tugging at women voters’ heartstrings while urging them not to vote for a party that had made managing household budgets so difficult.
“How do you feel when you get food rations free but have to spend Rs 900 to cook that food?” she asked after leading a women’s rally. “We give free rice. Let him (PM Narendra Modi) give free gas,” she added, tearing into Modi for starting his regular Bengal visits just before the election to vilify the state and spread canards about it. “Kitchens are on fire. Cooking gas price is rising by Rs 25 every day; a cylinder now costs nearly Rs 900. The PM should rein in cooking gas prices first,” Banerjee said, accusing him of turning “Brigade into B-grade” on Sunday.
She then appealed to Bengal’s “mothers and sisters” to give a befitting reply to the “pack of lies” being spread by “Modi babu” and “Shah-da” (Union home minister Amit Shah) on the safety of women in Bengal. “Jotoi koro jumla, jabab debe Bangla (Bengal will give an answer to your falsehoods),” Banerjee said.