Purulia: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for terming her party as an extortionist. Claiming that money did not matter to her, Mamata said that she felt like giving the Prime Minister a tight slap of democracy when he came to Bengal for addressing rallies due to the ongoing elections.

“Money doesn’t matter to me. That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being Tolabaaz (Toll collector), I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy,” said Mamata while addressing a rally in Purulia.

Mamata went on to add that she had seen several prime ministers during her political career but didn’t come across a lying PM like Modi. The West Bengal CM said the saffron party leaders are roaming in the state with boxes of cash worth crores along with Gada (Mace) in one hand and Talwar (sword) in another. “Gada to break people head and Talwar to cut off the throat, this is their politics having no ideology,” said Mamata.

Modi had said that West Bengal under Banerjee was known for “triple T — Trinamool, Tolabaazi, Tax”. Tolabaazi is a term used in the local parlance to describe organised extortion. To which she replied, “the prime minister should make public “how much money he earned from demonetisation.”

Earlier in the day, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman attacked the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal over the poll-related violence in the state. “In spite of the Central forces coming and assuring the voters that their presence will make a difference, didi’s syndicate morcha people are all over the place. Mamata Banerjee screams about democracy but she is the one who is violating democracy,” said Mamata.

She added, “People will be scared to come to polling booths if violence continues in West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee is destroying the democracy in the state.”