PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of pursuing “cheap politics” over cyclone Fani, claiming that she did not speak to him when he tried to contact her to talk about the calamity. Modi also criticised Banerjee for not hailing the designation of Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the UN as she is “afraid that it might affect her vote bank politics”. “I am just back from Odisha after reviewing the post-cyclone situation.
I also wanted to speak to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over phone to discuss the issue. I had called her, but Didi is so arrogant that she didn’t speak to me. I waited for her call but she didn’t get back to me,” he said while addressing a rally here. “Speedbreaker Didi was more interested in doing politics. I wanted to speak to the State officials but the State Government did not allow that to happen,” he said.
His comments came in the backdrop of the TMC hitting out at Modi for calling State Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi instead of talking to the Chief Minister to enquire about the ground situation in the wake of cyclone Fani on Friday. Criticising Banerjee for not praising the efforts of the Union Government that led to the UN designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, he claimed that the Trinamool Congress supremo “was afraid that it might affect her vote bank in the State”.
Modi dares Mamata to arrest him for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Monday dared West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to arrest him for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, a day after three people were taken into police custody in Ghatal Lok Sabha seat for allegedly mouthing the slogan as her convoy passed by. A video showing Banerjee fuming at some villagers in West Midnapore district for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ along a highway on Saturday afternoon has gone viral on social media. “Didi has thrown people in jail for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.
I thought of saying Jai Shri Ram here today so that she can throw me inside jail too. That way, the people of Bengal might be protected from the wrath of TMC regime,” Modi said. Addressing a rally here, the Prime Minister also slammed CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury for his “derogatory” remarks against Ramayana and Mahabharata.
“It has become a fashion for communists to use derogatory language against Hindu religion,” he said. Yechury recently branded religious epics Ramayana and Mahabharata as specimens of Hindu violence. Modi also said “Didi is banking on her “Mahamilawat gang” to become the Prime Minister of the country”. “Her dream of becoming the PM has already gone for a toss. Mamata won’t be able to bag even 10 seats in West Bengal,” he added.