Updated: March 21, 2014 7:37:36 pm
In an apparent dig at the Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Mnister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she loved the people of Gujarat, but not ‘NaMo’ and termed the BJP as “communal”.
“I love the people of Gujarat, but not NaMo, NaMo,” she told an election rally in Nadia district.
“Some are saying why I am not taking names (of Modi). Why should I name everyone? Can everybody be named? Let them be. I will speak about policies.
“Remember there is Lakshman rekha. I maintain political courtesy. And, that is I speak politically and on policies. I am not like Congress, CPI(M) and BJP,” she said.
“We have paid Rs 74,000 crores as interest payment for the huge loans taken by the previous Left Front government in the last three years. If they had to pay so much then would it have been Namo, Namo or No, No?” she asked.
Banerjee hit out at the Gujarat Chief Minister for taking credit for development work in in his state.
“Unlike in Gujarat there is no riot in West Bengal, while the number of child deaths and maternal deaths are much lower in West Bengal,” she claimed.
“It is only the Trinamool Congress which can resist the communal BJP and unmask the Congress which while running the government at the Centre followed anti-people policies like FDI in retail and was also responsible for price rise,” she said.
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