West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has a penchant for courting controversies, effortlessly stirred yet another when she wondered at a public meeting whether she should beat up the prime minister for getting her demands met.
As the Trinamool Congress supremo came under intense criticism for her remarks, she found an able comrade in ministerial peer Jyotipriya Mallick – now famous for bizarre prescriptions – who this time dished out a “venomous” decree.
The week began on a stormy note when Banerjee, while venting her ire on the Congress- led central government said: “What else can I do? Shall I go beat him up? Then people will call me a goon. But I don’t care. I can go to the very last mile for the people.”
She made the remarks at Canning in South 24 Parganas while stating that her repeated meetings with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh yielded no result on her demand to lower fertilizer prices.
The remarks gave the opposition – the Congress and the CPI-M led Left Front – the much needed fodder as they went ballistic in slamming her, with some of the leaders even questioning her mental health....
(IANS WEST BENGAL NEWSLETTER)
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