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Mamata Banerjee says Narendra Modi should not be referred as Prime Minister during poll campaign | Know why

Amid political tensions in West Bengal, CM Mamata Banerjee criticizes the BJP for referring to Narendra Modi as Prime Minister in their campaign ads, calling him a 'caretaker PM'.

Edited By: Vaidehi Jahagirdar Kolkata Updated on: May 27, 2024 20:49 IST
Mamata Banerjee
Image Source : PTI (FILE IMAGE) TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee

Amid the BJP and the TMC's ongoing political banter in West Bengal, with both parties alleging each other of rigging polling procedures and repeated manhandling of supporters, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said the saffron party should use the BJP leader title for Narendra Modi instead of Prime Minister during the poll campaign as he is a caretaker PM.

Addressing a poll rally in the Burrabazar area in the Kolkata Uttar seat, Banerjee drew a comparison with the TMC naming her as the party supremo instead of West Bengal Chief Minister.

She said, "Modiji has every right to campaign. He has every right to come here and participate in election programs. But I am surprised to see him being referred to as the PM in his party's campaign advertisements."

"Can he do this? I am being referred to as TMC chairperson by my campaign managers and by my party here even though it is not assembly polls. Still, I am adhering to the model code of conduct," she added.

Further, during the rally, referring to Modi as the "caretaker PM," Banerjee added that the June 4 result will see the INDIA bloc forming the government in the country and the BJP will not remain in power for a third term at the Centre. She went on slamming the BJP for allegedly creating a rift between communities to get votes, describing it as a "dangerous game."

"I love people of all communities, I love Marwaris, Biharis, and others who together make up the beautiful mosaic of West Bengal. Please don't fall for any communal rift trap of the BJP," she said.

Moreover, the West Bengal CM during the rally also spoke about the Cyclone Remal threat looming over the state. She said that even as she was addressing the election rally, her mind was filled with thoughts of providing cyclone relief and help to the affected people, asserting that her administration is taking all necessary steps to alleviate people's sufferings and that she is continuously monitoring the situation.

(With inputs from PTI)

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