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We do not need gyan on development from Modi: Mamata

Mamata Banerjee

Rebutting the accusation by Narendra Modi that she had done more damage to West Bengal in 35-month of rule than the Left Front in 35 years
Mamata BanerjeeKolkata: Rebutting the accusation by Narendra Modi that she had done more damage to West Bengal in 35-month of rule than the Left Front in 35 years, Mamata Banerjee today said that she did not need ‘gyan’ from him on development.

“If he comes to power, India will plunge into darkness. We do not need gyan (lecture) on development from the architect of riots,” Banerjee, the Trinamool Congress supremo, said on Twitter.

Heaping scorn on the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate, Banerjee said “The man who is being projected as PM candidate, if he comes to power, India will be ruined.”

On Modi’s allegation that she was indulging in vote bank politics ignoring non-Bengalis and spreading the red carpet for Bangladeshis, the West Bengal Chief Minister, told reporters that he (Modi) did not know history.

Pointing out that immigrants from Bangladesh came to India under the Indira-Mujib agreement of 1971, she said “Mr Modi does not know history. He does not know that speaking in Bangla does not make one a Bangladeshi.”

She said “elsewhere in India, anyone who speaks in Bangla is branded a Bangladeshi. This is discrimination.”

Accusing the Gujarat Chief Minister of divisive politics, she said “Mr Modi wants to divide Bengalis and non-Bengalis. This is deplorable. This is nonsense.

“Mr Modi wants to pack off Bengalis from India. Who is he to decide? He indulges in divisive politics. He wanted to divide Darjeeling. Now he wants to divide Hindus and Muslims in the state,” she said.

Trinamool demands apology from Modi, complains to EC

After slamming Narendra Modi as “Butcher of Gujarat”, a furious Trinamool Congress today demanded a public apology from him for doubting the integrity of Mamata Banerjee over the sale of her paintings and also complained to the Election Commission against him.

In signs that a post poll-alliance between BJP and TMC could be difficult to forge, the ruling party in West Bengal asked how can someone whose hands are “blood-stained” in 2002 Gujarat riots make personal attacks against the Chief Minister and raise questions about her sincerity.

“Either he has to prove this (charges on sale of paintings) or apologise publicly for this. Otherwise we will
file a defamation case against him,” TMC general secretary Mukul Roy told reporters in Kolkata.

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