Mamata-Modi war of words takes a turn for the worse

Abhishek Law Kolkata | Updated on May 08, 2019 Published on May 07, 2019

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (file photo)

The war-of-words between the Trinamool Congress and the BJP turned uglier with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a “liar” and a “bad influence on youngsters”.

Banerjee, who is known to be extremely critical of the Prime Minister, has previously called him “Hitler’s grandfather” and other names that include “expiry babu”.

The attacks have even been personal to the extent that West Bengal Chief Minister said that “a man who cannot take care of his wife, will not be able to take care of the country either” (referring to Modi’s election affidavit and the controversy over his marriage). The sharpened attack on the Prime Minister came during one of Banerjee’s election rallies. “I have worked with many Prime Ministers. But, I have never seen a bigger liar than Modi. He is a bad influence for young minds,” she said in Purulia, 300 km from the city.

Banerjee had previously made a veiled reference to Gujarat riots. “Today, you are calling me ‘tolabaaz’ (extortionist). If I am a tolabaaz, what are you? Your entire body, from head to feet, is drenched in blood. Only riots, riots and riots,” she had said. Modi had accused Banerjee and her party of being involved in extortion rackets and also ponzi scheme scams. The BJP has emerged the principal challenger to the TMC’s dominance in Bengal. With 42 Lok Sabha seats, the State holds the key to BJP’s hopes of improving its tally in the 2019 Lok Sabha.

Published on May 07, 2019
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