West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, while addressing a public meeting in Basirhat in North 24 Parganas district on Saturday said that she does not want to slap or touch Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reports ANI. She was referring to the comment she had made on Tuesday, May 7 at a rally in Purulia.
She had said that she wanted to give PM Modi a tight slap of democracy. Her statement came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Trinamool Congress (TMC) of being run by extortionist syndicates.
“I didn’t say that I will slap you (PM Modi) literally, I said I will give you a slap of democracy. Why would I slap you? If I slap you, my hand will break, then why should I? Your chest is 56 inch, how can I slap you? I don’t want to slap or touch you,” she said on Saturday.
On Tuesday, the TMC chief, responding to PM Modi’s accusation of running a party by extortionist syndicates had said, “Money doesn’t matter to me. That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaz (extortionist), I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy.”
Mamata’s outburst was sparked by PM Modi’s assertion that her government amounts to being the state’s “Triple T — short for Trinamool Tolabaazi Tax”.
Earlier, Mamata had said that she did not consider Modi as the Prime Minister following a war of words over a telephonic conversation concerning Cyclone Fani, adding that she does not want to share the dais with expiry PM as elections are on.
“I don’t consider you as our prime minister. When the next PM comes, I will tell him,” she had said.