‘If you take panga…’: Mamata Banerjee riposte to PM Modi’s attack


After Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked the main minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee, on her own turf, she returned the favor to the same extent and said that it becomes better if someone fights with her.

“If you take” panga “(fight) with me, I will become” changa “(better),” said the ANI news agency quoting Banerjee in Calcutta. He also used the reference “chaiwala”, often made by Modi to reflect his humble economic background, to corral the prime minister in the Rafale agreement.

“During the election, he (PM Modi) becomes” Chaiwala. “He becomes” Rafalewalla “once the election is over,” Banerjee said.

Friday saw the return of Rafale’s new accusation against Narendra Modi’s government after a report in The Hindu citing a note written by defense ministry officials in November 2015 in which he objected to “parallel parliaments” by the Office of the Prime Minister (PMO) at a time when the Indian The negotiating team was in talks with the French team. The report gave the opposition a shot in the arm. The president of the Congress, Rahul Gandhi, mounted his attack to Modi alleging that the note of the ministry of defense makes it clear that the prime minister did not comply with due process to finalize the agreement with Rafale. He repeated his accusation that “chowkidar chor hai (the watchman is a thief)”.

The government rejected the accusations with Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman giving a suo motu statement in the Lok Sabha, where he said that raising Rafale’s problem again on the basis of a media report is like “whipping a dead horse”.

On Thursday in Parliament, Prime Minister Modi responded to the accusation of Rafale led by the opposition with a counter-claim that Congress does not want to see a strong Indian air force.