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Derek O'Brien counters PM Modi's speech in Bengal with 'fact-checks' Derek O'Brien
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Derek O'Brien counters PM Modi's speech in Bengal with 'fact-checks'

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 23 Feb 2021, 12:27 am

Kolkata/IBNS: Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in West Bengal's Hoogly, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien presented a fact-check of the same rebutting all accusations levelled against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her government.

In a tweet, O'Brien countered some of the claims made by PM Modi during his speech in Bengal.

This was the Prime Minister's second visit to Bengal this month, ahead of high octane Assembly elections due in a few weeks. He inaugurated several railway projects - including extending Kolkata Metro's North-South line - and said the people have made up their minds to vote for "poriborton (change)" in this election.

To his claims that the Bengal government has not allowed development to take place, O'Brien said the average per-person income had "more than doubled - from ₹ 51,543 in 2010 to ₹ 1.09 lakh in 2019".

PM Modi also claimed that people from the state are also stopped from worshipping Goddess Durga.

O'Brien countered the claim stating that Rs. 50000 assistance was provided to each Puja Committee in 2020.

The TMC MP also hit back at suggestions that because of the lack of industries, Bengal could no longer offer its people employment.

Claiming as 'reality' he pointed out that "nearly 89 lakh small businesses operate in Bengal today compared to 34.6 lakh in 2012, employing 1.35 crore people".

On Modi's accusation that farmers were deprived of PM Kisan Yojna, O'Brien said the state government provides farmers with the annual financial assistance of Rs. 6000 per acre.

"PM-Kisan provides maximum financial assistance of ₹ 1,214 per acre," he wrote.

To PM's claim that the eastern state is deprived of Ayushman Bharat, the Rajya Sabha MP stated: "Bengal has already a better health insurance scheme- Swasthya Sathi-started two years before Ayushman Bharat."

The Prime Minister had also said the Trinamool government failed to provide drinking water to the people of Bengal.

He said the Centre had sanctioned Rs. 1,700 crore but only Rs. 609 crore had been spent.

O'Brien said a scheme set up by Banerjee was being implemented and would provide "piped water to two crore households at a cost of ₹ 58,000 crore... borne entirely by the state."

Earlier, the TMC MP also hit out at the Prime Minister over the announcing of new rail routes.

"Today, the PM claimed to have started new rail routes in Bengal. Jhoot (Lie! Mamata Banerjee as Rail Minister allocated the budget, on 25 February 2011! See for yourself..." he tweeted, attaching a screenshot of what appeared to be a PIB release dated February 25, 2011.

Modi while addressing a public meeting at the historic Dunlop Ground in Chinsurah said the people of the state had made up their mind to bring "poriborton" in the state.