Mamata Banerjee responds to PM Modi, Modi made a ‘political issue’ out of courtesy, In an interview to Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar. West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using her gesture of sending ‘kurta’ and ‘sweets’ to him for political mileage.
Modi had said in a televised interview on Tuesday that the Trinamool Congress supremo sends him kurtas, which she chooses personally for him, and Bengali sweets, every year. In an interview to Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Wednesday, the PM had revealed that Banerjee, one of his harshest critics, still sends him kurtas and Bengali sweets every year.
PM Modi on Wednesday in a “non-political” interview claimed that he has many “good friends” in the Opposition, including Mamata Banerjee, who sent him kurtas and Bengali sweets. Modi, in a candid interview with actor Akshay Kumar, had said: “It may affect me during elections but I can admit that Mamata Banerjee still gifts me kurtas. When Banerjee found out that Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina gifted me Bengali sweets, she also started to send me those.”
She claimed in doing so the prime minister was “trying to build his image, but this is not the way to do it”. The fiery TMC leader’s angry outburst notwithstanding, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh was appreciative of Banerjee’s gesture, saying it was the “right thing” to do and even calling her “our guardian”.