67 hurt as tent collapses during Modi's rally in Bengal

Monday 16th July 2018 10:27 EDT

MIDNAPORE: At least 67 people were injured after a portion of the tent collapsed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in West Bengal's Paschim Midnapore on Monday. The injured have been admitted to the hospital, said an official. Later, a visibly emotional Prime Minister visited those injured in the hospital. A makeshift tent was constructed near the main entrance of the Kisan Kalyan rally to shelter people from the rain. It collapsed while PM Modi was delivering his speech. According to officials, PM Modi saw the tent collapsing while he was in the middle of his speech. He immediately instructed SPG personnel standing next to him to look after the people and attend to the injured.

The local BJP unit as well as Modi's personal staff, including his doctor and SPG personnel, swung into action to help the injured, officials said. Earlier, PM Modi launched a scathing attack on West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool leader Mamata Banerjee. Blaming the 'political syndicate' for the maladies here, he said the state is suffering because of Trinamool's selfish policies and divisive politics.

"The political syndicate here is reducing the great land of Bengal to new lows and insulting its heritage. Nothing works without the syndicate's approval. Want to do business? Seek syndicate's approval. Want to sell products? Syndicate dictates price. Even college admissions don't work without it," he said. "They (state government) speak of ma, maati (land) and manush (people) but their real face has been exposed."

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