Taking West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee head on, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi today accused her of playing votebank politics and said no real 'parivartan' (change) has taken place in the state during TMC rule.
"When the government changed in Bengal, I thought there would be development. But nothing has happened. They are only indulging in votebank politics," Modi told an election rally here.
"Unless she criticises Modi, her food does not get digested," Modi said in a sharp attack attack on Banerjee, who has been hitting out at him in most of her public rallies, terming him communal and also blaming him for the Gujarat riots.
Modi's address was in contrast to his earlier speech in Kolkata in February when he had gone soft on Banerjee and had even asked the people to have "Didi in Bengal and BJP in Delhi".
"It's been two years since the new government took charge, but have you seen any parivartan? People have been cheated. If you have a strong and progressive-minded government in Delhi, every small thing will fall in place," he said.
"You have seen fake parivartan, now it's time to see the real parivartan," Modi said.
"Mukyamantriji, aap jitne kichar uchaloge, utna jyada kamal khilega (Madam Chief Minister, the more you indulge in mudslinging, the more will the lotus bloom)," Modi said.
Modi also criticised the party on the issue of multicrore Saradha chitfund scam, and said "they must be punished.
"Those who have indulged in loot in such a short span of time, what will they do if they get more time and opportunity? " he asked in an indirect reference to allegations of involvement of some Trinamool Congress leaders in the scam.
Modi asked the people not to let the Congress open its account in Bengal this time and give BJP a chance to transform the state with "real development".
"You have given 60 years to Congress (at the Centre). Give us 60 months and we will provide real development for Bengal," he said.
Turning to the Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency from where the lone BJP candidate Jaswant Singh had won in 2009 with the support of Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, he said, "There must be policy for the development of that area and this can come through tea and tourism which have to be taken in earnest."
S S Ahluwalia is contesting as the BJP candidate from Darjeeling seat this time with the support of GJM.
GJM supremo Bimal Gurung was present at the meeting alongwith BJP candidates from Darjeeling, Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri, for whom the GJM has expressed support.
Without referring to GJM's demand for a separate state of Gorkhaland, Modi said, "I want to tell my Gorkha brothers and sisters that your dream is my dream."
He also said that if there was a friendly government in Delhi then their demands could be dealt with within the framework of the Constitution.
Seeking the support of the Gorkha populace in the hills and Terai region in North Bengal, Modi said, "There must be a proper development plan for the region to ensure progress and prosperity of the people."
Training his guns on infiltration from neighbouring Bangladesh, the Gujarat chief minister said, "Those who have infiltrated from Bangladesh have taken away your home, food and jobs."
He said, "Namosudras (lower caste) from Bangladesh were given shelter by Delhi. Our government is not ready to rehabilitate them in our country, so will Pakistan give them shelter?
"But the burden should not be on Assam or Bengal only, the responsibility has to be shared by the whole country," he said.
"My namosudra brothers, I have a connection with you, I am also NaMo," he said.
Speaking about the Naxalite movement that affected Bengal's political and social scenario in the 1970's, he said "Despite the death of so many people and other losses, there has been no development or change at Naxalbari here, the birthplace of Naxalism."
"The Maoist activity that is at present prevailing in parts of the country, with so many innocent people being killed and a red corridor being made, that is not Naxalism," he added.