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‘Campaigning or horse trading’: Derek’s dig at PM on his TMC defection barb

TMC’s senior leader in the Rajya Sabha and spokesperson Derek O’Brien said the party would complain to the Election Commission that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was indulging in horse trading.

lok sabha elections Updated: Apr 29, 2019 18:03 IST
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Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien said no one from his party would be heading to the BJP after the elections. (HT PHOTO)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim on Monday that 40 MLAs of the Trinamool Congress were in touch with him and will desert their party once the BJP wins the general elections, has drawn a stinging response from Bengal’s ruling party which said it would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission.

TMC’s parliamentary leader in the Rajya Sabha, Derek O’Brien rubbished Modi’s claim and said not a single MLA will jump ship and asked if the PM was campaigning for an election or horse trading.

“Expiry Babu PM. Nobody will go with you, not even 1 councilor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading, your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to EC. Charging you with horse trading,” ANI quoted O’Brien as saying.

WATCH: 40 TMC MLAs are in touch with me: PM Modi at Serampore rally

Modi’s attack against TMC chief Mamata Banerjee came earlier in the day at an election rally in Serampore in Bengal.

“Didi, on May 23, when the results will be declared, the lotus will bloom everywhere and your MLAs will leave you. Even today, didi, 40 of your MLAs are in contact with me,” Modi said.

Modi said that Mamata Banerjee was sensing defeat and thus was losing her cool. He said that she couldn’t even dream of becoming the prime minister.

The TMC’s decision to approach the EC comes on the heels of the Congress moving the Supreme Court seeking action against Modi and BJP’s president Amit Shah alleging they violated the model code of conduct during election rallies.

Sushmita Dev Congress MP Assam’s Silchar requested the top court to direct the Election Commission to decide on complaints against PM Modi and Amit Shah within 24 hours

First Published: Apr 29, 2019 17:30 IST