New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday hit out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath over his “Modi ki sena” remarks while speaking of the Indian Army.

She tweeted, “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation… ”

Addressing a rally on Sunday in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Budh Nagar, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed the Opposition for seeking evidence of the Balakot airstrike, alleging that only two factions were “pained” by the post-Pulwama retaliation — Pakistan and the Opposition.

“Pakistan was counting the dead bodies of terrorists. At that time, our Opposition was asking questions about the airstrike. This will not be tolerated at any cost,” Adityanath said at a public meeting.

Further in a sharp jibe, Adityanath accused the erstwhile UPA government of feeding biryani to terrorists, while ‘Modi ki sena’ fed them either bullet or bomb.

“Masood Azhar… Congress gives them respect by adding ‘ji’ after their name. But, Modi ki sena has only two ways of dealing with terrorists — bullet or bomb,” he said.

The chief minister alleged that earlier, the situation in western Uttar Pradesh was such that women and girls were worried about safety. “Now, in two years of our government, criminals are either behind bars or they have been eliminated. There is no third other option for them.”

Adityanath claimed that before the BJP came to power in the state, DJ music was not permitted during the ‘Kanwar Yatra’. “We gave a free hand to all the pilgrims. The BJP government has entirely changed the scenario of the state.”

He alleged that the Congress, SP and the BSP, which ruled the state for most of the time since Independence, had created a divide in the society. “They (BSP-SP-Congress) worked for personal gains and their families, engaged in policies of appeasement and created a divide in society,” Adityanath said, adding that the Modi government had worked for all sections of society.

The chief minister claimed that the Opposition, including the BSP and the SP, had come together only to control and exploit the national resources.

Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar go to polls on April 11 in the first phase of the seven-phase Lok Sabha election.

 

With PTI inputs