New Delhi: Union Minister Sushma Swaraj has cautioned West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee that the caustic words used by her for PM Narendra Modi do not bode well on a future day when the two leaders would have to cooperate for administrative purposes.
Swaraj’s remarks came in the wake of Banerjee’s statement at a public rally in Bengal’s Purulia that she would like to treat Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a “tight slap of democracy.”
Swaraj quoted a couplet penned by noted Urdu poet Bashir Badr to drive home her point.
“Mamataji, you crossed all limits today. You are the Chief Minister of a state and Modiji is the country’s prime minister. You have to talk to him tomorrow. This is why I would like to remind you of a couplet written by Bashir Badr: Rage all you want but I just have this one request from you, do not feel ashamed when we have to become friends again someday,” the Union Minister tweeted.
Trinamool chief’s outburst was sparked by PM Modi’s affirmation that Mamata government amounts to being the state’s “Triple T” — short for Trinamool, Tolabaazi, Tax. Tolabaazi is a near-abusive term used in Bengali to describe organised extortion.
“Money does not matter to me. That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaz, I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy,” she said.
On Monday, the West Bengal chief minister had said that she did not return PM Modi’s calls to discuss the effects of Cyclone Fani because she “does not want to share the dais with an expiry PM”.
“I do not consider him a prime minister now. When the new prime minister comes, we will speak with that person,” she added.