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Mamata takes a dig at Modi, calls him 'paper tiger'

PTI  Purulia , May 01, 2014
First Published: 19:14 IST(1/5/2014) | Last Updated: 19:58 IST(1/5/2014)

Nursing national ambitions, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday took another swipe at BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, saying there was a difference between a 'paper tiger' and a Royal Bengal Tiger.

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"Don't they know that there is difference between a paper tiger and a Royal Bengal tiger. In Bengal there is a Royal Bengal Tiger in the Sunderbans," Banerjee, the chief minister told an election meeting here in Purulia district.

She also alleged that those who were divisive, caused riots and were racists could not constitutionally ascend to the prime minister's chair.

"Those who cause riots between Hindus and Muslims and stoke racism and divide Bengalis and non-Bengalis have no right legally or constitutionally to sit in the PM's chair," Banerjee said.

"Keep it mind that the game is not so easy. The architects of the constitution like Baba Saheb Ambedkar envisaged secularism to be an adhesive force for a multi-religious and pluralistic Indian society. The preamble of the constitution says our constitution is secular," Banerjee said.

Stating that the Trinamool Congress was for a unified country, she referred to people from the state being packed off in trains from Mumbai and Delhi and said that none had the right to drive out anyone from any part of India.

"Did you not know many people from Purulia were packed off in trains and sent back here? Is it true or not? Will you vote for them? Have you forgotten the BJP people?" She alleged that when elections were at hand the same tactics were being used.


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