Ma­mata Mum on Modi’s Def­i­ni­tion of Tri­namool

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Kolkata: Chief min­is­ter Ma­mata Ban­er­jee is silent about staunch crit­i­cism of her and her party by the Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, who on Thurs­day, gave a new def­i­ni­tion of Tri­namool Congress.

"T stands for ter­ror, M stands for Maut (Death) and C for Cor­rup­tion," Modi told an elec­tion rally at Asan­sol in Bur­d­wan dis­trict on Thurs­day. But Ma­mata Ban­er­jee, who had ad­dressed a rally at Na­yarangarh in West Mid­na­pore dis­trict on Fri­day, re­mained silent on Modi's crit­i­cism.

Her op­po­si­tion par­ties Congress and CPM are us­ing her si­lence as a tool to in­ten­sify their cam­paign against the Chief Min­is­ter be­fore sec­ond part of first phase polls in Ben­gal which will take place on April 11. Ma­mata on Fri­day, had ad­dressed a Tri­namool Congress elec­tion rally at Narayan­garh in West Mid­na­pore dis­trict which is be­ing con­tested by the op­po­si­tion leader Sur­jya Kanta Mishra. She came down heav­ily on Mishra and ac­cused him of or­gan­is­ing se­ries of at­tacks on the vil­lagers of Ne­tai, Lal­garh and sev­eral other places in West Mid­na­pore dis­trict. But she nei­ther re­ferred to Modi's crit­i­cism of her and her party, not she gave any re­ply to the crit­i­cism by the Prime Min­is­ter.

Echo­ing Modi, vet­eran Congress leader Manas Bhu­nia said, “Why the Chief Min­is­ter is silent about Narada sting op­er­a­tion which clearly shows many se­nior lead­ers of her party are ac­cept­ing money be­fore cam­era. Why is she not tak­ing steps against such lead­ers ? Why the tainted Tri­namoool Congress lead­ers are be­ing al­lowed by the Chief Min­is­ter to con­test elec­tions and why not she, who claims her­self to be a sym­bol of hon­esty, is silent on such is­sues?" Tri­namool Congress in­sid­ers said the Chief min­is­ter was wait­ing for May 19, when re­sults of Ben­gal elec­tion will be an­nounced. "She will def­i­nitely give a be­fit­ting re­ply to the prime min­is­ter, but be­fore that she wants to en­sure her vic­tory in this assem­bly elec­tions," said a se­nior Tri­namool Congress leader pre­fer­ring anonymity.

Even though the Chief Min­is­ter is still silent on Modi's crit­i­cism, Tri­namool Congress spokesper­son Derek O' Brien said in a state­ment, “We heard the com­ments the Prime Min­is­ter made about our party. Ma- king up a clever-by-half ab­bre­vi­a­tion, based on wild al­le­ga­tions and us­ing the ini­tials let­ters of the name of our po­lit­i­cal party, was in poor taste to say the least."

“These are not words be­fit­ting of the Prime Min­is­ter of In­dia. They bring his high of­fice to dis­re­pute. Mr Prime Min­is­ter, maybe we need to re­mind you that you are the Prime Min­is­ter of this great na­tion and of all In­di­ans, ir­re­spec­tive of com­mu­nity and re­gion. Do not re­duce your­self to a Shakha Pra­mukh. Please grow with your job,” Derek said.

“The Tri­namool Congress is far from be­ing a cor­rupt party. We don’t run ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns for elec­tions run­ning into bil­lions of un­ac­counted and un­ac­count­able dol­lars. Nei­ther do we play cheap politics over a tragedy. As for ter­ror, we are all for com­bat­ing it but not by rais­ing para­noia, tar­get­ing in­no­cent fel­low cit­i­zens and rais­ing com­mu­nal tem­per­a­tures. But then you, Mr Shakha Pra­mukh, would know about ter­ror, given your record in 2002," said the party spokesper­son in de­fence of Tri­namool Congress.


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