Whenever Narendra Modi comes in Bengal, it becomes national news. And this time too, for all the good and bad reasons, his Kishan Kalyan Rally in Midnapore in Bengal was closely followed. Tragedy marred the rally as one part of the tent collapsed suddenly due to a combination of torrential rain and crowd movement.
Thankfully there were no casualties and the injured are all treated in nearby hospitals. Anyhow, Narendra Modi’s line of attack against Mamata Banerjee truly set the tone for Lok Sabha Elections scheduled next year.
Interestingly, Narendra Modi took command of the situation as a true statesman. Not only he attacked the political line of TMC and Mamata Banerjee but also saluted the crowd for showing discipline among the chaos. He thus said,”Today, I witnessed a new form of courage among the people of Bengal.
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Can one imagine that amid such a huge rally, one-third of the tent caves in, people jump in to take the injured to the hospital and yet the rest of the rally carries on peacefully, with discipline and resolve? It is difficult to find such disciplined behavior elsewhere. I come from Gujarat.
I cannot imagine that even after such an accident, people would stay on to listen to my speech with such love, peace, and disciplines and look at the people! The pandal has collapsed and yet they are not ready to budge. This shows their courage and conviction.”
There is no denying the fact that Narendra Modi enhanced BJP’s image in West Bengal by visiting people injured in the collapse. At least 22 people were injured but Narendra Modi was well aware that this incident could have given Rahul Gandhi a topic to agitate in the monsoon session of Parliament.
Narendra Modi’s potential public outreach definitely gave BJP some effective brownie points. In spite of the fact that there were TMC members creating pandemonium, the size of the crowd was bigger than the capacity of the ground. Anyhow, the Bengal unit of BJP can definitely get prepared for a tougher fight with a strong foundation.