Sonia Gandhi would never have smiled so much publicly as she did on Wednesday during presentation of the Railway budget by Mamata Banerjee, which by all accounts was a spirited exercise.
The Congress president, who is not known to show her emotions much, was enjoying the way Banerjee held fort for nearly two hours, notwithstanding the continuous barbs that she was pleasing poll-bound West Bengal.
A fiery leader, Banerjee repeatedly sought to silence her critics by insisting that her vision was pan-Indian, asking each of them pointedly which state would benefit from the project or train she was announcing.
Banerjee, who was interrupted several times during her speech by members alleging that she was ignoring their constituency, was heard shouting back - "aap shaant ho ke baitho to dega" (if you sit silently, I will give you), "chillao mat" (don't shout), "jitna marzi chillao" (shout as much as you want) and "mera jaan kha gaya sab" (they have pestered me so much).
At one point, she told a member who wanted Jaunpur to be included in the list, "Jaunpur bhi jayega (it will go to Jaunpur too)" and then jotted it down on her file.
She even reprimanded a member, saying, "If you don't listen, I will cut it (cancel your constituency's name from the list)", making Gandhi clap in glee.