Kolkata/New Delhi: Lashing out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at the event held on Saturday for Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accusing the BJP of insulting Netaji by raising the slogans that day.Also Read - BJP, TMC Lock Horns Over Jai Shri Ram Chants as Mamata Refuses to Address Netaji Event in Kolkata | Key Points

The Trinamool chief called the BJP as a group of “outsiders” and “Bharat Jalao Party”, saying that the party has been continuously insulting the icons of Bengal with Netaji being the “latest addition to the list”. Also Read - Can't Invite Then Insult Someone: Mamata Banerjee Boycotts Speech at Netaji's Event In Front of PM Modi

“Would you invite anyone to your house and then insult the person? Is this the culture of Bengal or our country? I would have had no problem if slogans hailing Netaji were raised,” she said while addressing the public in Pursura, Hoogly. Also Read - BJP Workers Unfurl 'Jai Shri Ram' Banner Atop Kerala Municipal Office, Case Registered

“But they didn’t do that. To taunt me, they shouted slogans which had no relation to the programme. I was insulted in front of the prime minister of the country. This is their (BJP) culture,” Mamata Banerjee added.

She further said, “Elderly women sing Hare Krishna Hare Ram, I say Hare Krishna Hare Ram, Bidai Jao BJP Vam (Left) and Hare Krishna Hare Hare Trinamool Ghore Ghore.”

Mamata Banerjee had on January 23 refused to speak at an official event attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to observe Subhas Chandra Bose’s 125th birth anniversary in Kolkata, after ‘Jai Shri Ram’ chants greeted her as she came on the stage.

Dubbing turncoats in her party as “betrayers”, the West Bengal CM said those who have deserted the TMC in the run-up to the assembly polls will never be welcomed back.

“The ones who left knew they would not be getting tickets in the coming elections. It is good they exited, or else we would have thrown them out… Those who want to leave the party should do that as early as possible,” Mamata Banerjee added.

(With inputs from PTI)