New Delhi: Hours after Narendra Modi termed Mamata Banerjee as a “speedbreaker” in the path of development of West Bengal, the TMC supremo strongly contested the allegation by the Prime Minister and described him as “expiry babu”.

Taking on the Prime Minister’s claim, Mamata Banerjee said that her government in West Bengal has done a lot for the welfare of the people of the state. While addressing a public rally in Cooch Behar district, the Chief Minsiter asserted that the income of farmers in Bengal has increased three times under her rule.

Mocking Prime Minister Modi as “expiry babu” and “expiry PM”, Banerjee dared him to participate in a direct debate with her in television or at a public rally. “He is an expiry babu. his govt has expired. You(PM) said in Siliguri that we(TMC Govt) did not do anything for poor, what have you done in the last 5 years? Don’t speak lies everyday,” the West Bengal CM said. She claimed that 12,000 farmers committed suicide during Modi rule in the country.

Earlier in the day, PM Modi took potshots at the TMC supremo while insisting that she had to ensure speedy development of Bengal like rest of the country.

“I have not been able to ensure development of Bengal in the same speed as in the rest of the country.

“The reason for this is that in Bengal there is a speedbreaker, and this speedbreaker is known as Didi,” PM Modi said attacking Mamata Banerjee, who is fondly called “Didi” (elder sister).

The PM stressed that she must be voted out of power to remove any impediment in the path of prosperity of the people of Bengal.

Pleased at the turnout at his maiden rally in the state after announcement of Lok Sabha polls, PM Modi said, “if I had not come here to see the huge crowd, I would not have realised that didi’s boat is drowning.”

PM Modi also took a dig at the Congress over its manifesto that talks about reviewing some clauses of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), saying it acts like a “shield” for the security forces in the fight against terrorists and make the soldiers vulnerable.