Mamata Banerjee will hold a foot march in Kolkata on International Women’s Day

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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee announced a foot march(padayatra) in Kolkata on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The point to be considered here is that this programme is being held just after a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government on women’s safety.

Modi while addressing a rally in Kolkata’s historic Brigade Ground, PM Modi on Sunday attacked Banerjee, blaming her for “betraying and insulting” the people of the state who trusted her that she will bring about a positive change after the Left rule.

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He further accused Banerjee of nepotism by choosing to play an important role of “bua” (aunt) to her “bhatija” (nephew) instead of becoming “Didi” (elder sister) to the people.

“I ask everyone present here – is not the TMC government at fault over the conditions of the poor, the women, and the children in this state? Should Mamata Banerjee not be punished in the upcoming polls?”Modi proclaimed to the roaring crowd.

PM Modi’s rally set the tone for the BJP’s campaign in Bengal where everyone is trying to remove the Trinamool Congress (TMC) government from power. Mamata Banerjee held a padayatra in North Bengal’s Siliguri on Sunday. There she addressed a rally claiming that the Prime Minister was “peddling lies to mislead voters” in her state.

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“By hiking prices for cooking gas, the central government is actually insulting women.” Banerjee said in Siliguri

Amid such circumstances, Banerjee’s roadshow in the city today may assume special significance ahead of the polls. The eight-phase polling is scheduled to take place between March 27 and April 29 in West Bengal.