‘Didn’t want to share dais with expiry PM’: Mamata Banerjee attacks Modi
While addressing a rally, Mamata Banerjee said that she did not want to share the dais with the PM.Updated: May 10, 2020, 00:25 IST
Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee had not returned his calls to enquire about the damage done to the state by Cyclone Fani, the firebrand Trinamool Congress chief responded to the PM’s charge saying that she could not take the PM’s call as she was in Kharagpur.
“I could not take PM’s call on cyclone Fani as I was in Kharagpur,” she said at a rally, while explaining why she could not take the PM’s calls.
During the course of the rally, she also said that she did not want to share the dais with the PM.
“I don’t want to share the dais with expiry PM as elections are on,” she was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.
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Earlier in the day, the PM had accused the West Bengal chief minister of playing politics over the Cyclone Fani issue. At a rally in Bengal’s Tamluk, he said that he had tried to contact the Bengal CM twice, but she didn’t respond.
“Speedbreaker didi has tried to play politics even on cyclone. Tried to talk to her twice but she didn’t talk to me, such is her arrogance. I kept waiting for her to call back,” PM Modi said. He had conducted a survey on cyclone-hit areas in Odisha earlier in the day and praised CM Naveen Patnaik for relief and rescue operations.
On Sunday, a controversy had erupted over Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling up the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi and asking him for a report on the damage Cyclone Fani had inflicted in the state.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s office said, that the staff had made two attempts to connect the PM to the West Bengal chief minsiter, but both times they were told that the call would be returned.
“Attention has been drawn to reports in a section of the media, that the Trinamool Congress has expressed its displeasure at Prime Minister Modi speaking only to West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, about the post-Fani situation in the state.
“Apparently, Trinamool leaders have claimed that the Prime Minister had called up Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, but did not phone West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. The above claim is incorrect,” sources said.
Sources said that two attempts had been made on Saturday morning by the prime minister’s staff to connect him to the West Bengal CM on phone.
“The first time, the staff who were attempting to place the call, were told that the West Bengal CM is on tour, and that the call would be returned. On the second occasion too, the staff attempting to place the call were told by the CM’s office, that the call will be returned.”