West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has come out to clarify her ‘slap of democracy’ statement about Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She explained by ‘slapping’ she did not mean slapping the Prime Minister literally.
Ahead of the 6th phase of polling, Banerjee while speaking at Purulia said “I didn’t say that I will slap you (PM Modi) literally, I said I will give slap of democracy. Why would I slap you? If I slap you, my hand will break, then why should I? Your chest is 56 inch, how can I slap you? I don’t want to slap or touch you”.
In response, Modi had termed her ‘slap of democracy’ statement a blessing. “Mai to apko didi kehta hu. Apka aadar karta hu. Aapka thappad bhi mere liye to ashirwad ban jaega (I call you didi. I respect you. Your slap will also become a blessing for me)”, he had said.
West Bengal politics might be going through a tectonic shift as BJP is making massive inroads into the state during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. A rattled Mamata Banerjee had earlier got out of her car to chastise people chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ as her convoy passed. She said that she was being abused.
According to CVoter, in West Bengal, where BJP has traditionally had no base whatsoever and many pollsters believe is poised to bag 15 to 18 seats this time around, 51.21% of people prefer PM Modi as the Prime Minister as opposed to 14.18% for Mamata Banerjee and 27.24% for Rahul Gandhi.
Mamata Banerjee has made several bizarre comments lately. Recently, while talking about Lord Ram and the 2019 general elections, she said ‘Lord Ram says Sita Maiya, Sita Maiya’. Earlier she had strangely compared illegal immigrants to Hilsa and Sondesh. She had also said that BJP scheduled the elections during peak summers deliberately as it would benefit Prime Minister Modi.