This was the second rally of the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister -- seen as the biggest mascot of the BJP after Prime Minister Narendra Modi. After four extra hours, several hiccups and a strong dose of suspense, Yogi Adityanath today addressed a crowd of hundreds in Bengal's Purulia. Uncertainty hung over the rally till the last minute, with the local administration officials claiming holes.
To pre-empt a debacle like Sunday -- when his chopper was not allowed to land in north Bengal -- Yogi Adityanath had taken the road to Purulia. Landing at Bokaro in Jharkhand, he drove the 50-odd km to the venue.
In his address, Yogi Adityanath shredded Mamata Banerjee, who has been on a sit-in protest in Kolkata, that has triggered a renewed opposition attack against the Centre.
Accusing her of shielding a "corrupt top cop", Yogi Adityanath said, "The court has directed the top cop to appear before the CBI. If she was ready to cooperate, then why a dharna? Bengal would get rid of a corrupt regime," he told the applauding crowd.
In the morning, the Bengal Chief Minister had sounded irate about he visit of her Uttar Pradesh counterpart."He (Yogi Adityanath) will lose if he contests elections. He doesn't have a place to stand in UP, that's why he's roaming around in Bengal... Ask Yogi to take care of Uttar Pradesh first. So many people have been killed, even the police were murdered...so many people were lynched," she said.