Mamata takes a dig at Modi over Time magazine headline

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Time Magazine headline describing him as ‘India’s divider-in-chief’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked Modi why nobody respects him.  PTI file photo

Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Time Magazine headline describing him as ‘India’s divider-in-chief’, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday asked Modi why nobody respects him. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also accused the BJP of using the hawala route to transfer money for influencing voters.

“I have seen a renowned foreign publication which says that he is 'divider Prime Minister' who creates division. A Prime Minister is supposed to be respected. But Modi babu why does anyone not respect you,” said Banerjee. She was addressing a party rally at Ashoknagar in North 24 Parganas district.

Banerjee alleged that the money which BJP is using to influence voters is being carried under Z plus category and is being distributed through the hawala route. She also asked why no enforcing agency was taking action.

“BJP is carrying out the operation at night after the campaigning in the related constituencies is over. We must keep a watch on this,” said Banerjee.

She also referred to the incident of BJP candidate Bharati Ghosh being intercepted by police for allegedly carrying illegal cash worth Rs. 1.13 lakh in the Pingla area of West Medinipur district. A case has been lodged against Ghosh.

She further asked why even Election Commission photographers are not allowed when the Prime Minister lands at any place in a helicopter.

Scoffing at the Prime Minister’s frequent rallies in the state, Banerjee said that his very presence in West Bengal indicates that TMC will win in all the 42 constituencies in the Bengal.

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