- Mamata Banerjee’s remarks come day after bitter face-off over a meet
- She had a fast 15-minute interplay with PM at an airbase Friday
- Her outburst got here after centre ordered high bureaucrat to return to Delhi
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday hit again at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities a day after a bitter face-off over a gathering to assessment the harm from Cyclone Yaas, accusing his workplace of feeding “fake, one-sided, partisan news” to the media.
“Don’t insult me like this. We have got a landslide victory, is that why you are behaving like this? You tried everything and lost. Why are you quarrelling with us every day?” Ms Banerjee stated at a information convention “to set things straight”.
Her outburst got here after the centre ordered her high bureaucrat to return to Delhi, sources within the central authorities informed reporters that Ms Banerjee had “skipped” a gathering led by the Prime Minister, and images exhibiting her vacant seat had been plastered on social media by BJP leaders.
Ms Banerjee had a fast 15-minute interplay with him at an airbase the place his flight landed and didn’t attend the assessment assembly, the federal government had stated.
The Chief Minister stated she needed to go to a coastal district – plans that had been introduced earlier – and so she requested the PM’s permission earlier than leaving.
“I had made plans to visit cyclone-hit areas. I had to travel to Sagar and Digha to see the damage caused by Cyclone Yaas. All my plans were made and ready… then suddenly we get a call that Prime Minister wants to visit Bengal to assess the situation after the cyclone,” Ms Banerjee stated.
She additionally alleged that the Prime Minister had referred to as the assembly solely to settle political scores and invited the opposition, which incorporates his celebration BJP, and her bete noire, governor Jagdeep Dhankhar – a departure from the same cyclone assessment conferences he had held in Odisha and Gujarat not too long ago.
Ms Banerjee contested the central authorities’s declare that she made the Prime Minister and governor await 30 minutes, saying it was she who needed to await PM Modi on the tarmac for 20 minutes.
“By the time were reached the place where the PM-CM meeting was to be held, we found out that the PM had already arrived there some time ago and that there was a meeting going on. We were asked to wait outside, told that there will be no entry at the moment because a meeting is going on. We waited patiently for a while. Then, when we asked again, we were told that no one can enter for the next one hour,” she stated.
“Then someone told us that the meeting has moved to the conference hall, so the Chief Secretary and I decided to go there. When we reached there, we saw the PM was in a meeting with the Honourable Governor, central leaders and even some MLAs of the opposition party,” Ms Banerjee stated.
“This was clearly against the brief. It was supposed to be only a PM-CM meeting. So, we decided to submit our report to the PM and then with the Prime Minister’s permission we went to Digha. I sought the Prime Minister’s permission three times,” she stated.
Ms Banerjee stated she was “willing to touch the Prime Minister’s feet if it soothed his ego” as a result of she wished what was greatest for the individuals of Bengal. She requested him to withdraw the switch orders for the Chief Secretary and referred to as it an insult of bureaucrats throughout the nation.
The Trinamool chief’s former lieutenant Suvendu Adhikari, now the Leader of the Opposition as a part of the BJP, stated Ms Banerjee and the Chief Secretary had “insulted” the Prime Minister by not attending the assembly and accused her of “lying” in Saturday’s information convention.
“All lies. Her statement is fabricated and is unmindful of the people of the state. Both Odisha and West Bengal Chief Ministers were informed about meeting through the same process. She (Mamata Banerjee) is only using excuses,” the BJP chief stated.
The encounter between PM Modi and Ms Banerjee on Friday was their first for the reason that April-May meeting election that the Chief Minister’s Trinamool Congress celebration gained, regardless of a no-holds-barred marketing campaign marked by intensive poaching and coarse rhetoric.
Ties between the 2 sides have been icy since lengthy earlier than the elections, with the Trinamool authorities accusing the centre of withholding funds owed to the state and the BJP stoking a communal divide, whereas the BJP has blamed Ms Banerjee’s celebration of political violence.
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