After almost 12 hours when popular messaging platforms - WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram - went down for over 50 minutes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday took the incident to launch yet another scathing attack at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Modi said, "Yesterday WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook were down for 50-55 minutes, everybody got worried. But in Bengal, development, and dreams have been down for 50-55 years." The Prime Minister's comments came during his mega election rally in West Bengal's Kharagpur.
Earlier on Friday, the services of the Facebook-owned platforms were affected across several parts of the world and many users reported that they are not able to login to their accounts. However, it got restored after over 45 minutes.
Modi also accused Trinamool Congress of 'betraying' people of the state and standing like a wall to block central schemes while asserting that the BJP is the only real party of Bengal. "First, it was Congress, then Left, and now TMC, who's blocked state's development," he said.
West Bengal is set to go to polls in eight phases from March 27 to April 29 and results will be announced on May 2.