Mumbai: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday slammed the BJP and called it ‘Desh Jalao Party’. Reiterating that the January 23 incident was an ‘insult’ for Bengalis, Banerjee said that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is not of any particular party.
Slamming those who have left the Trinamool Congress ahead of the Assembly polls in the state, Banerjee said – Those who want to leave Trinamool Congress should do that as early as possible.
Banerjee also reprimanded the BJP, saying that the party had ‘insulted the Bengali icon in the past, and is still doing it today’.
“Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is everyone’s leader…They were teasing me in front of Prime Minister Narendra Modi… I don’t believe in guns, I believe in politics. BJP has insulted Netaji and Bengal… Had to face taunts, insult in presence of PM Modi at Victoria Memorial event,” Mamata Banerjee said in Pursura, Hoogly.
The recent remarks by the Chief Minister of West Bengal can be traced to the backdrop of the words of the ongoing war between the BJP and TMC amid chants of Jai Shri Ram that erupted during the birth anniversary celebrations of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. Banerjee was present at the event along with PM Narendra Modi.
Banerjee criticized the mantras, accusing the BJP of politicizing the Bengali icon and alleging that she was invited to such an event.
The BJP retaliated on the allegations and said that it was Banerjee who was insulting ‘Jai Shri Ram’. The West Bengal Legislative Assembly with 294 seats will go to polls later this year. While Banerjee has often referred to the BJP as an ‘outsider party’, the BJP has retreated, stating that the next CM of the state will be the ‘son of the state’.
The BJP has vowed to include Banerjee in a state where the party has emerged as an important force during the last general elections. On the other hand, TMC has claimed that the BJP will not be able to cross double-digit seats in the elections.