In the face of criticism by the opposition for her frequent absence from Delhi, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has defended her stay in Kolkata saying the national capital was not her home.
"Delhi is not my home. When there is no Parliament session, why should I stay in Delhi? Kolkata is my homeland," she told a public meeting here on Monday hile campaigning for her Trinamool Congress candidates in the coming civic polls.
Banerjee's remark came in the wake of latest criticism by opposition, including CPI(M), charging her of neglecting duty
as Railway minister following Sunday's stampede at New Delhi Railway Station, which left two persons dead and eight others injured.
"It is a ploy by the CPI-M to send me to Delhi. No one can force out Mamata," she said.