The rivalry between West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seems to be ascending gradually as the on-going Lok Sabha election inches closer to the grandest result declaration on May 23. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, Mamata Banerjee, made a scathing attack on PM Modi by saying that she wanted to give a “tight slap of democracy” to PM Modi for calling her party “tolabaaz” (toll collector).
“Money does not matter to me. That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaz, I wanted to give a tight slap of democracy. Seeing this kind of lying PM, children will learn the wrong things and the country will face a downfall,” said Banerjee, quoted ANI.
PM Modi, in his recent rally in West Bengal’s Tamluk, on Monday, had accused the Banerjee-led TMC of being a tolabaaz party. “In West Bengal, people who hail Jai Shree Ram in Bengal are put behind the bars. People have to pay Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax. No one dared to challenge this tax and it only emboldened TMC. But now it won’t last long in Bengal,” said PM Modi while taking a jibe at TMC’s style of functioning under Mamata Banerjee on May 6.
He had further appealed to the gathering to uproot Mamata’s “dictator” government and make ways for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bengal. “You have given opportunity to dynasty, leftist and a govt that suppresses people. Give one opportunity to a party that is committed to the development,” PM Modi had appealed to West Bengal on Monday.
Mamata Banerjee had also responded to PM Modi’s allegations of former being arrogant to not respond to the latter as Cyclone Fani devastated parts of Odisha and West Bengal. “West Bengal’s speed breaker didi has tried it’s best to do politics in this Cyclone. During the cyclone, I tried to talk to Mamata Didi on the phone, but Didi’s ego is so high that she didn’t talk,” PM Modi had put allegations on Mamata Banerjee, quoted ANI.
TMC chief had responded to PM Modi’s allegations by terming him as an “expiry PM” and that she will speak to the new PM. “I do not consider him (PM Narendra Modi) prime minister. When the new PM comes, we will speak,” Mamata Banerjee reacted to PM Modi’s allegations.
WB CM in Jhargram earlier today: I don’t consider him the country’s PM, hence I didn’t sit for the meeting.I don’t want to be seen with him on the same platform. I’ll speak to the next PM.We can take care of cyclone damage by ourselves. We don’t need Centre’s help ahead of polls. pic.twitter.com/alYGFZZa8E
— ANI (@ANI) May 6, 2019