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“Like A Royal Bengal Tiger…”: Mamata Banerjee Responds To JP Nadda

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dismissed ex-Trinamool leaders leaving to join the BJP
Kolkata: A defiant Mamata Banerjee invoked the spirit of the Royal Bengal Tiger on Tuesday, as she and BJP chief JP Nadda traded barbs while on the campaign trail ahead of the Assembly election.
“I am not weak. I am strong. I will walk with my head held high till the time I am alive. I will live like a Royal Bengal Tiger till the time I live,” Ms Banerjee roared, even as senior leaders – the most recent of whom was former Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee – quit and join the BJP.
The Chief Minister was in East Bardhaman and Murshidabad districts and JP Nadda flew into Tarapith in Birbhum before moving on to Lalgarh in Jhargram – a former Maoist hotbed where the BJP seems to have gained some ground.
In Murshidabad Ms Banerjee also referred to Mir Jafar – the military commander of Nawab Siraj-ud-Daullah, and who sided with the British against him in the Battle of Plassey in 1757 – and said Bengal would never forgive traitors.
In Tarapith, Mr Nadda said: “(Under) Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi, ₹ 14,000 has been distributed to 11 crore farmers… but 73 lakh farmers in Bengal were denied this. If Modiji comes to power, in our first cabinet meeting we will ensure this money is given.”
Ms Banerjee’s response was scathing: “BJP only lies. They say Mamata is blocking farmers’ money (but) did you not get Krishak Bandhu (a state scheme for farmers) money? Now tell Modi to send the money he promised. We have sent names (but) they don’t send the money… lie every day.”
Report by web desk
Reported on – 10/02/2021

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