In perhaps one of his fiercest attacks on West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday claimed that once the results of the Lok Sabha elections are out on May 23, the TMC lawmakers in the state would desert the party to join the BJP.
“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 at a rally in Serampore in Bengal.
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.
“With just a handful of seats, Didi, you can’t reach Delhi. Delhi is far away. Going to Delhi is just an excuse. Her real intention is to politically establish her nephew,” he said.
His reference was to Abhishek, Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, who is a sitting MP from Diamond Harbour and is also the TMC candidate for the seat.
This is not the first time that the PM has attacked the West Bengal chief minister. Modi, who has referred to Banerjee as “speed-breaker didi”, has during his previous rallies accused her of “stalling all development projects in the state”.
At a rally in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar, Modi had accused her of supporting people who wanted “two prime ministers for India”.
“She is now aiding such people who want two Prime Ministers in India. Can you imagine this? Didi, your companions are openly claiming that India should have two Prime Ministers,” Modi had said, in an apparent reference to the unity rally organised by Mamata Banerjee which had been attended by the leaders of more than 20 opposition parties.
The West Bengal chief minister has not been holding back in her attacks on the PM either. She has, at different rallies, referred to him as “expiry babu”, claiming that Modi’s tenure as prime minister was about to end “but he is not mentally prepared for going out of power”. She had also accused him of “ruling India by decree of fear” after the Income Tax department raids at Kanimozhi’s residence earlier this month.