"I hope there is a bad 'M' and a good 'M'," Ratan Tata quipped shortly after Gujarat became a new home for his Nano small car project.
The remarks of Tata apparently alluding to the opposition by Mamata Banerjee to the Nano project in Singur in West Bengal and the red carpet rolled out to the business group by Chief Minister Narendra Modi came at a press conference in the presence of the BJP stalwart.
"I hope that there is a bad 'M' and a good 'M'. We need that transition," was the industrialist's quickfire response with Modi by his side to a question in a veiled reference to the approach of Mamata and Modi respectively to the project drawing peals of laughter.
Modi was asked by a newsman how his "journey of homecoming was from Mamata to Modi, from a nightmare to homecoming."
It was for the second time since Tata announced the pullout from West Bengal last Friday that he resorted to one-liners to convey a message to the politicians who played out the Nano drama.
"I think Mamata Banerjee has pulled the trigger", Tata said last Friday.
This was how a despondent Ratan Tata, who once said he will not pull out of Singur even at gun point, had summed up his group's "painful" decision to exit the project.
The 70-year-old chief of Tata group recalled how he had mentioned that if somebody holds a gun to to his head they are welcome to pull the trigger but he is not the kind of person to leave under pressure or threat in the face of a prolonged agitation led by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee.
"I think some time back I mentioned that if somebody puts a gun to my head, you will pull the trigger or you take the gun away because I will not move my head. I think Ms Banerjee has pulled the trigger," Tata said on Tuesday.