West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, “I don’t consider Modi as country’s Prime Minister, that’s why I didn’t sit with him for meeting over cyclone,” her response came hours after PM claimed that he tried to call Mamata for meeting over cyclone, but she didn’t reply.
“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 will speak to the next PM. We can take care of cyclone damage by ourselves. We don’t need Centre’s help ahead of polls,” ANI quoted Banerjee as saying at a rally in West Bengal’s Jhargram.
“He (Modi) wants us to go to Jhargram (where he held a public meeting Monday) to discuss the situation related to the cyclone. He will sip tea and I will have to sit beside him and have pictures clicked. Why should I go?” she asked.
“The Centre is involved in relief work but the speed breaker in West Bengal tried to play politics over this situation. I tried to talk to her (Mamata) but her arrogance is so much that she refused to talk to me. I kept waiting with the hope that she will call back but she did not,” PM Modi said at a rally in West Bengal’s Tamluk district.
On PM Modi’s remarks that the TMC was reprimanding people shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’, Banerjee said that it was the slogan of the BJP and the party was trying to force everybody to chant it. “Does Ramchandra become BJP’s election agent when the election comes?” Mamata asked.
“Why should I give your slogan? I will not chant the name of rotten Modi or rotten BJP. They are trying to erase the culture of Bengal,” Banerjee was quoted as saying by PTI.
None can be forced to chant what Narendra Modi or BJP want, she said adding that West Bengal’s culture has never been what the saffron party is trying to make it.
The slogan of the people of Bengal is ‘Vandemataram’ of Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay and ‘Jai Hind’ of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing rallies at Jhargram and Tamluk in the state on Monday had said that in Bengal people are not allowed to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and that saying it in public places is regarded as a crime there.