New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday lambasted West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and accused her of pursuing ‘cheap politics’ over cyclone Fani. Addressing a rally in Tamluk, West Bengal, PM Modi claimed that he tried to contact her to inquire about Cyclone Fani updates about she did not speak to him. Also Read - PDP's Waheed Parra Remanded to 15-Day NIA Custody for Alleged Connections with Hizbul Mujahideen
“I am just back from Odisha after reviewing the post-cyclone situation. I also wanted to speak to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over phone to discuss the issue. I had called her, but Didi is so arrogant that she didn’t speak to me. I waited for her call but she didn’t get back to me,” Modi said. Also Read - West Bengal: Suvendu Adhikari Resigns as State Transport Minister, Cracks Widen In Trinamool Congress
Referring her as speed-breaker ‘didi’, Modi further stated,”Speedbreaker didi was more interested in doing politics. I wanted to speak to the state officials but the state government did not allow that to happen.” Also Read - Majerhat Bridge: Kolkata Awaits Lifeline as PWD, Railways Slug it Out
Earlier in the day, Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said that Modi wanted to assess the damage caused by Cyclone Fani in West Bengal but the state government refused to hold a review meeting with him.
“PM Narendra Modi is currently in Odisha taking stock of the situation due to Cyclone Fani. He also wanted to do same for West Bengal and the Govt of India had written to the state about a review meeting of PM with state government officials today. However the state government has replied that the govt officials are busy with election duty and hence the review meeting should not be held,” PMO sources said.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister also criticised Banerjee for not hailing the designation of Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’ by the UN. He claimed that the West Bengal CM is ‘afraid that it might affect her vote bank politics’.
“Didi is so frustrated these days that she doesn’t even want to talk or hear about god. Situation is such that Didi is arresting and jailing those who are chanting ‘Jai Sri Ram’,” Modi asserted.
Reacting sharply to PM’s claims, Mamata said,”How dare you call for a meeting with chief secretary and senior officials without the CM. Don’t do this drama in Bengal. Mr Expiry PM, you are not worthy of (being) PM. We don’t want your sympathy.”