Narendra Modi plays diplomatically on Mamata's turf

Narendra Modi
Kolkata, Feb 5: BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi addressed a mega rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds here on Wednesday. The party is expecting a turnout of around 2 lakh people at the rally.

BJP president Rajnath Singh will also be present at the rally. BJP's in-charge for West Bengal Varun Gandhi, former Union minister Shahnawaz Hussain, music director Bappi Lahiri and noted magician PC Sircar Junior are also present at the rally.

[Read: Modi picked the right medicine for Mamata]

A team of 50 police officers from Gujarat have reached the city for security reasons. Six watch-towers along with close-circuit cameras have been installed at the rally venue.

Reports said supporters of the ruling Trinamool Congress allegedly attacked those of the BJP at Hooghly district on Wednesday morning.

Modi concludes his speech.

4.12 pm

"If you are with me, I will give you Surajya."

4.09 pm

Modi quotes Rabindranath Tagore's "Where mind is without fear..."

4.05 pm

"In 2004 also, Pranab Mukherjee should have been the PM since he was the seniormost, but he wasn't."

"After Indira Gandhi's assassination, Pranab Mukherjee should have been made the PM."

Modi takes on Congress's dynasty rule.

4.05 pm

"You have Mamata, I will there be in Delhi and you have Pranab Mukherjee at the top."

"Help us win, you will have three benefits."

"The government's motto should be Nation First"

"Bangaldeshi immigrants are getting facilities whereas they should go to our own people."

4.00 pm

"The application for Haj is much greater in Gujarat compared to West Bengal despite lesser quota. It is because the Muslims have been deprived of development here."

3.59 pm

"The so-called Third Front elements have pushed the eastern part of the nation into darkness."

3.56 pm

"Eastern states are falling behind in terms of development."

Modi raises issues like poor power supply, declining standard of rural education, poor sanitation conditions in rural schools of West Bengal.

3.50 pm

"Those who fought in the name of the labourers all these years, have they done anything for their real development?"

"Today, West Bengal is falling behind in every field."

"India's first car Ambassador was made in Bengal."

3.43 pm

"This will help us improve the situation in West Bengal which has suffered in last 60 years."

"If you help us win all 42 seats from Bengal, our bond with the people of Bengal will become strong."

3.43 pm

"Judge both the Mamata government and our government in Delhi in 2014 by our actions."

"Help the BJP win all seats from West Bengal."

3.40 pm

Modi congratulates the people of Bengal for bringing a change after 34 years. "But is the change showing?"

3.37 pm

"We will fight the elections with development as well as the honour of the poor."

3.35 pm

"This year's elections are going to be very different, calculations of political Pundits will go wrong."

3.34 pm

Modi pays tribute to Dr Shyama Prasad Mookerjee.

3.32 pm

"India can regain its position of Viswaguru (world leader) if only Bengal regains its past glory as the Rashtraguru (leader of the State)."

3.31 pm

Modi pays tribute to sons of Bengal.

3.30 pm

"The 3rd Front leaders should see this rally from air and understand the mood in the country."

"Never saw such a huge rally in Kolkata."

3.26 pm

Modi begins to speak in Bengali.

3.20 pm

Narendra Modi speaks.

Rajnath Singh concludes speech.

3.15 pm

"The land in Nandigram (Singur) should be returned to the farmers. I appeal to CM Mamata Banerjee to take this into consideration."

3.10 pm

"The Centre should have accepted the request to waive loan interest so that Bengal can make some progress." (Rajnath Singh going soft on Mamata Banerjee?)

3.05 pm

"The state has no industries left today. The famous jute industry of the state has ended."

"The CPI(M) has ruined the economy of West Bengal."

3.00 pm

"BJP has a close relation with Bengal. Dr Shyamaprasad Mookerjee, the founder of Bharatiya Jana Sangh, was a son of this land."

"Rajnath Singh pays tribute to the stalwarts of West Bengal."

"Never expected so many people would assemble at a rally in West Bengal."

2.55 pm

BJP president Rajnath Singh speaks.

2.52 pm

West Bengal BJP chief Rahul Sinha speaks. He slams both Trinamool Congress and Left Front.

2.50 pm

Modi and other leaders being felicitated.

2.48 pm

Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh reach stage. "Narendra Modi Swagatam, Rajnath ji Swagatam" chanting at the stage.

Hussain concludes speech.

2.45 pm

"The Congress has created divisions among the Hindus and Muslims. In 1984, Mamata Banerjee was also with the Congress."

"Trinamool Congress is also an old Congress. The glass may have changed but the water is the same."

2.41 pm

"We want to go the people on the agenda of development and we want to fight against corruption."

All third-positioned parties are making the Third Front, says Hussain.

2.29 pm

Shahnawaz Hussain speaks.

"The CPI(M) has nothing to do with secularism."

"The large audience here shows that as the nation is changing, Bengal will also contribute to this change."

"If we can increase from 2 to 182, we can also from 1 to 42." (The BJP has just 1 MP from West Bengal)

2.20 pm

Veteran music director Bappi Lahiri speaks. "BJP, we all love you," Lahiri sings.

2.07 pm

BJP spokesperson Siddharth Singh Nath speaks. He criticises West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the latter only focussed on votebank in the post-Left days.

1.50 pm

Former Jharkhand chief minister Arjun Munda speaks at rally.

1.35 pm

Former Union minister from West Bengal Tapan Sikdar speaks at the rally.

1.30 pm

Modi and BJP president Rajnath Singh reach Kolkata.

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