As Prime Minister Narendra Modi attacked Mamata Banerjee and her government at his first campaign rally in West Bengal, the Chief Minister countered him with her own huge rally in Siliguri, calling him a “liar” and demanding an explanation for the high prices of auto fuels and cooking gas.
“Prime Minister will have to answer why the prices of LPG, petrol and diesel are being increased. Otherwise, you have to leave,” she said.
After riding an electric scooter in Kolkata on February 25 – a protest that Modi mocked in his speech at Brigade Parade Ground – Mamata walked with a cardboard cutout of a cooking gas cylinder on Sunday.
The padayatra, which began from Siliguri’s Darjeeling More around the time Modi started to speak in Kolkata, ended at Venus More about 3.5 km away. Mamata was accompanied by women leaders of her party, including Chandrima Bhattacharya, Kakali Ghosh Dastidar, Dola Sen, Mimi Chakraborty, and Nusrat Jahan.
“Before the election he said Ujjwala and after the election all is jumla, all is ghapla… The mother of the thief makes the biggest racket,” she said in her speech after the march.