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'Slap of democracy' means people's mandate, why should I be slapping PM: Mamata Banerjee

Mamata's Statement Came After PM Narendra Modi Retorted To Her Slap Of Democracy Remark.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Abhinav Gupta | Updated on: 09 May 2019, 03:48:20 PM
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee (File Photo)

New Delhi:

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday clarified on her 'salp of democracy' remark, saying that she never sais she will slap the prime minister, and her remark meant "people's mandate". 

"He (Modi) is saying that I have said I will slap him. Arrey that's the slap of democracy. Try to understand the language," Banerjee said, while speaking at a rally at Simulia in Purulia district.

"Why should I be slapping you (the PM). I am not that kind of a person. What I understand is democracy. Slap of democracy means that the mandate people will give by casting their votes," the Trinamool Congress chief said.

Mamata's statement came after PM Narendra Modi retorted to her "slap of democracy" remark saying that her slap would be a blessing for him as he considers her his sister. 

On Tuesday, the West Bengal CM had said that PM Modi should get a "tight slap of democracy" and asserted that he will not get a second term in office as he failed to bring in 'acche din' that he had promised in 2014.

The prime minister said "I am told Didi has said she wants to slap me. I call you Didi, I respect you. Your slap will be a blessing for me."

He also said Mamata is insulting the Constitution by saying that she is not ready to accept him as the prime minister of the country.

Banerjee had said in a rally that she does not accept Narendra Modi as the prime minister of the country describing him as the "expiry PM" and that she will talk to the new prime minister after the election results.

"She did not take calls from me during the cyclone. The Central government wanted to sit with officers of the state to discuss the situation, but Didi did not allow that too," Modi said.

"She is not interested in the betterment of the state, but in that of her family, nephew and tolabaj (extortionists) of her party," the PM said.

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First Published : 09 May 2019, 03:04:58 PM