She further said, “If you take ‘panga’ (fight) with me, I will become ‘changa’ (energised). Don’t think we are scared of you. I have always fought my way out. I am afraid of no one.”
“Maddy babu is the master of corruption. He is the master of arrogance and a shame for the country. I have no words to describe him. His standard is so low that we never expected such a man to be the prime minister. We have respect for the chair but not for this man,” she told reporters.
Banerjee made the remarks after the PM, at a rally in Jalpaiguri, accused her of trying to protect those involved in chit fund scams.
“He (Modi) is the most corrupt man in the Rafale deal. He is the master of notebandi (demonetisation)… He was never a ‘chaiwala’ and doesn’t know how to prepare tea. From chaiwala, he has now become Rafalewala. He tells a bunch of lies. We support Congress on this,” she said.
On Modi describing her dharna as an unprecedented event by a chief minister “guarding the corrupt”, she said the prime minister was “scared” after seeing the country uniting to drive him out.
“What has he been doing all these five years? He has completed five years in government. Now they are doing all these to suppress our political voice. ‘Maddy’ babu is bluffing… people have turned away from them (BJP) and they will not be able to withstand this blow of the common people,” she said. She also also asked why BJP leaders, whose name surfaced in the Saradha scam, were not arrested.
She also criticised the Centre for asking the state government to act against five senior state police officers who attended her dharna. “Police officers are under the state government. They (Centre) have no moral authority to say such things. If the Centre takes away their medals, I will give them the state’s highest honour.”