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Won’t comment on what a small kid is saying: Mamata on Rahul Gandhi’s attack

Days after Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on her style of governance in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee brushed it off saying that the 48-year-old Congress president is “just a kid”.

SNS | New Delhi |

Days after Rahul Gandhi launched a scathing attack on her style of governance in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee brushed it off saying that the 48-year-old Congress president is “just a kid”.

While speaking to reporters on Wednesday, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo was asked to comment on Gandhi’s remarks which he made during a rally on Saturday in West Bengal.

Banerjee, whose party was an ally in the Congress-led UPA government till 2012, said that she doesn’t want to make a comment on what a “small kid” said.

“Chhoto Chheley Bolechhey…Boluk Na. Ami Kichhu Bolbo Na (A small kid is saying (this). Let him say. I will not comment on that),”she said.

“Please don’t ask me such questions. I don’t want to comment on what a small kid had said about me and my government,” she added.

Gandhi had on 23 March at Malda, his first public rally in West Bengal, accused both PM Modi and Mamata Banerjee of running governments in an autocratic manner.

“Modi ji and Mamata di…both the leaders are running governments without consulting anyone. Don’t you think there should be a people’s voice?” he said.

Criticising Banerjee, Gandhi said, “There is only one person in Bengal who is running it. She does not bother to consult things with anyone. It’s only her and her decision. She does what she wants to do. I would like to ask the people of Bengal…Don’t you have voice?”

He also compared Banerjee’s rule to that of the CPI(M) and said that atrocities in the state continue to happen.

Interestingly, the Congress was one of the parties that attended the anti-BJP rally called by Banerjee in Kolkata on 19 January.

And though Banerjee, who some see as a frontrunner for the PM’s post, has warmed up to the Congress, a pre-poll alliance is yet to be forged.

She has, however, received support from Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati.