Hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused his office of spreading “fake news” and alleged that the BJP is pursuing “vendetta politics”.
She further claimed that the saffron party was trying to create problems for her government at every step as the BJP was yet to come to terms with its defeat in the Bengal Assembly elections.
According to an NDTV report, she said, “Don't insult me like this. We have got a landslide victory, is that why you are behaving like this? You tried everything and lost. Why are you quarrelling with us every day?"
Clearing the air around the meeting she missed with PM Modi, in which the two were supposed to review the devastation caused by cyclone Yaas, she said, “PMO humiliated me, tweets posted to tarnish my image.”
Banerjee further stated that she was ready to touch Modi's feet if told to do for the sake of West Bengal's growth and development.
He remarks come in the backdrop of the Centre issuing an order to recall chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay.
"Because you (Modi and Shah) cannot digest BJP's defeat in (Bengal), you have started creating problems for us from day one. What is the fault of the chief secretary?
"Recalling the chief secretary amid the COVID crisis goes on to show that the Centre was indulging in political vendetta," she asserted.
Talking about the criticism she faced for skipping the review meeting with Modi on cyclone devastation, Banerjee said, "It was supposed to be held between the PM and the CM. Why were BJP leaders called to the session?"
She also claimed that Opposition leaders were not invited to similar review meetings held in Gujarat and Odisha, the two states that also faced cyclone fury over the past few days.
(With PTI inputs)