Millennium Post (Kolkata)

Will never visit B’desh with PM Modi: Mamata

TMC supremo alleges PM’s last visit to the neighbouri­ng country was politicall­y motivated

- OUR CORRESPOND­ENT

NOAPARA: Campaignin­g for her party’s candidates in Matua-dominated areas of North 24-Parganas, Trinamool Congress (TMC) chairperso­n Mamata Banerjee on Friday said she would never accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh as his recent visit was ‘politicall­y motivated’ for which he did not invite her this time.

“Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina respects me a lot. Each and every time Narendra Modi had visited Bangladesh earlier, she had called me and asked me to come with him. Whether I like him or not, I had accompanie­d him considerin­g the relations between India and Bangladesh. But this time, you (Narendra Modi) visited the neighbouri­ng country silently to get politicall­y benefitted. This is nothing but a game of vote and not out of love for Bangladesh. This is the reason why you did not ask me to accompany you this time.

I am also saying that I will never accompany him (Narendra Modi) to Bangladesh any more. If needed, I will go alone,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally at Habra in North 24-Parganas.

Raising allegation against Modi and Union Home minister Amit Shah of attempting to mislead people of the Matua community by assuring them of giving citizenshi­p rights, Banerjee said: “They are just fooling people here as there is no need for citizenshi­p certificat­e as all those who came from

Bangladesh before March 1971 are already citizens of India. So, there is no question of proving your citizenshi­p again.”

Reacting to Shah’s claims that her government did nothing for the people from the Matua community, Banerjee said: “It is our government that carried out massive developmen­t for the community as college has been set up and now initiative­s have been taken to set up a university.

“At the same time, the Matua Developmen­t Board has also been set up.”

 ?? PTI ?? Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Nabadwip on Friday
PTI Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Nabadwip on Friday

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