02/02/2019 6:43 PM IST

Modi Criticises Political Violence in Bengal, Pitches For Citizenship Bill

Terms the income support scheme for farmers a "historic step".

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking in one of his rallies today in West Bengal.  

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched a blistering attack on West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, accusing her of orchestrating violence against BJP workers, claiming she had become jittery due to people’s love for his party.

Taking his battle for the Lok Sabha elections to Banerjee’s turf, Modi also accused his political rivals of misleading the distressed farming community through farm loan waivers.

The prime minister also made a strong pitch for the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to accord Indian citizenship to non-Muslim minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh who fled their countries due to religious persecution.

Addressing a well-attended event of the Scheduled Caste Matua community, where his speech was welcomed with loud cheers, Modi said, “Now I can understand why Didi (Banerjee) and her party are indulging in violence...killing innocent people. She has become jittery because of your love for us.” 

Calling yesterday’s Budget a “historic step” for the welfare of farmers, the working and middle class, he said these sections were neglected for years after Independence.

“We have announced measures in our budget that will benefit 12 crore small farmers, 30-40 crore workmen, and three crore middle class people,” he said.

There was commotion at the rally ground which prompted him to cut short his speech barely after 14 minutes.

Before the rally, the prime minister visited the Matua Thakurbari and sought the blessings of Baro Ma, the current leader of the community and widow of the founder of Matua Mahasangh Harishchandra Thakur.