In an apparent stinging reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s revelation that Mamata Banerjee sends him sweets and kurtas every year, the Bengal CM on Wednesday said she might send gifts and sweets to people on occasions but will not give them vote.
“I send rosogollas to people. I do send them gifts during pujas and offer tea, but will not give (them) a single vote,” Banerjee said without naming the Prime Minister, during an election rally in Serampore in the Hoogly district.
In a “candid and completely non-political” conversation with actor Akshay Kumar, PM Modi said, “… I should not be saying this in the election season. Mamata di sends me gifts… Even now, Mamata di sends me sweets and kurtas.”
He also said that Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina used to send him special sweets every year from Dhaka.
In her rally, Mamata Banerjee accused PM Modi of converting huge amount of black money into white through demonetisation and spending it to purchase votes.
“Modi babu, you forcibly imposed demonetisation on people in order to convert black money into white and now spend them during elections to purchase votes. But your efforts will go in vain in Bengal,” she said.
Later, in a rally at Krishnanagar in Nadia, she alleged the BJP was trying to buy votes by distributing gifts.
“You (Modi) will be thrown out after the elections. Our government will prove what a big scam demonetisation was,” she said.
Mamata Banerjee also said the BJP “goons have been trying” to create disturbances and unleash terror in the state though Trinamool Congress activists and supporters and her government are “committed to maintaining peace and harmony”.
Urging people to defeat Modi, she said: “If you want to save the country and our Constitution, drive him out of power and save the nation from disaster.”