Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of pursuing “cheap politics” over cyclone Fani, claiming that she did not speak to him when he tried to contact her to talk about the calamity. Also Read - Majerhat Bridge: Kolkata Awaits Lifeline as PWD, Railways Slug it Out
Modi also criticised Banerjee for not hailing the designation of Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist” by the UN as she is “afraid that it might affect her vote bank politics”. Also Read - Delhi Chalo: Arvind Kejriwal Attacks Centre For Preventing Farmers From Holding 'Peaceful' Protests
“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,” he said while addressing a rally in Tamluk. Also Read - Naveen Patnaik Writes To PM Modi Urges Centre To Issue Timeframe for CBSE Exam 2021
“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,” he said.
His comments came in the backdrop of the TMC hitting out at Modi for calling state Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi instead of talking to the chief minister to enquire about the ground situation in the wake of cyclone Fani on Friday.
Criticising Banerjee for not praising the efforts of the union government that led to the UN designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, he claimed that the Trinamool Congress supremo “was afraid that it might affect her vote bank in the state”.
“The condition in Bengal is such that if you chant Jai Shri Ram, you would be put behind bars,” he said.