A day after terming him a “devil” and an “architect of riots”, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Tuesday sharpened her attack on Narendra Modi saying that the man, who was already thinking that he has become the PM, “is no tiger” and asserted that the “most ferocious tiger” is in Bengal.
“He is no tiger. There are many leaders like Mayawati, Jayalalithaa, Mulayamji. They are also tigers. And, the most ferocious tiger is the Royal Bengal Tiger, which is in Bengal,” Mamata, who is nursing national ambitions, said.
Addressing a rally in Burrabazar area of Kolkata, Mamata said a person “who pursued divisive politics” could not lead the country. “A leader who will lead India has to be like Mahatma Gandhi, Netaji, Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. Not like a person whose ideology is based on dividing the country on the basis of religion,” she said.
Referring to Modi’s comment that she didn’t like people coming from Bihar, Orissa or Rajasthan but “looks happy if infiltrators come from across Bangladesh”, Mamata said he was trying to wedge a divide between Bengalis and non-Bengalis. “If a PM candidate can have the audacity to utter such things, imagine what will happen if he really becomes one. India will go into the dark ages. The country will burn,” she added.
On Modi’s remarks about a painting by her being sold for Rs 1.8 crore, Mamata said, “He should cross check facts before making any comment. The person who can’t control his mouth, how can he control the country?”
Mamata’s nephew and TMC Lok Sabha candidate from Diamond Harbour seat Abhishek Banerjee too took potshots at Modi. “For 14 long years he kept his married life and wife a well guarded secret. This man left school at an early age, left home soon afterwards and finally deserted his wife too. Wait a bit and you will watch Modi fleeing from this country after May 16,” Abhishek said late on Monday.
Abhishek, who at 26 is the youngest TMC candidate, was addressing a party rally at Bishnupur. Stating that the TMC has decided to fight Modi’s attack on people of West Bengal, Abhishek said, the best way to take revenge was to strengthen the hands of Mamata Banerjee and “pave her way to Delhi”.
The party also went in a damage control mode clarifying about earnings from Mamata’s paintings. “Not a single money was used for Mamata’s personal gains. Every penny has been accounted for. Party has submitted all documents to the ECI. These are public documents,” said a TMC statement.