West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had a scorching reply to the Prime Minister’s revelation that the TMC Chief sends him kurtas and gifts every year. Without naming PM Modi, CM Banerjee said that “we welcome guests with rosogollas and gifts but not a single vote will be given (to BJP).”
She continued that the culture of Bengal is to greet guests on “special occasions”. However, CM Banerjee had ruled out possibilities of voting for BJP.
CM Banerjee made such scorching comment at an election rally in Serampore’s Hooghly district after PM Modi’s talk with actor Akshay Kumar aired by TV channel, in which the Prime Minister mentioned her gifts to him.
Prime Minister Narandra Modi said during the interaction that “People will be surprised and I should not say this in the election season, but Mamata didi sends me gifts every year. She still sends me one or two kurtas that she picks herself a year.”
He also revealed to Mr. Kumar that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasian also sends him new types of sweets every year. PM Modi further said, “Once Mamata didi found out, she also started sending me sweets once or twice a year.”
PM Modi’s interview was followed by his harsh attacks at Ms. Banerjee, where he followed “speed breaker didi” with “sticker didi”. The Prime Minister have used these phrases to slam CM Banerjee in his recent speeches.
Congress took note of the interaction and claims this hints a secret tie-up between BJP and TMC. West Bengal Congress President Somen Mitra claims that this proved the “friendly relationship” between PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee.
West Bengal will vote in seven rounds of ongoing elections, which will conclude on May 19 and the results will be declared on May 23.