'He is just a kid': Mamata Banerjee dismisses Rahul Gandhi's allegations of TMC govt not fulfilling promises
West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dismissed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's allegations against her government, saying 'he is just a kid'. She also refused to comment on Rahul's minimum income promise ahead of the national polls.
Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dismissed Rahul Gandhi's allegations against her government not fulfilling its promises
'I won't like to make any comment on it. He is just a kid. What will I say about it?' Mamata told reporters
She also refused to comment on Rahul's minimum income promise ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dismissed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's allegations against her government, saying "he is just a kid".
She also refused to comment on Rahul's minimum income promise ahead of the Lok Sabha election.
"He (Rahul) has said whatever he felt like. I won't like to make any comment on it. He is just a kid. What will I say about it?" Mamata said.
Launching his party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in the state, Rahul at last week's rally in Malda charged both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Trinamool Congress chief of failing to fulfil their promises.
He had alleged that nothing has changed in Bengal as there has been no development in the state under Mamata.
Asked to comment on Rahul's poll promise of minimum income, she said "They (Congress) have made an announcement and it would not be right for us to make a comment on it."
Rahul had called his party's announcement as the "final assault" and a "surgical strike" on poverty.
The Congress and the Trinamool Congress share a strained relation in the state after fighting the 2011 polls together and uprooting the 34-year-old Left Front regime.
Although the Congress have shared stage with the TMC at the national level, in Bengal it has maintained a distance with Mamata's party, which was born out of it in 1998.
Congress' state unit has time and again accused the TMC of trying to "politically finish" it either by use of force or by poaching its leaders and elected representatives.
As many as 17 Congress MLAs and one MP have switched over to the TMC in Bengal since the state elections of 2016.
After Congress' victory in the three Hindi-heartland states in 2018, Mamata stopped short of congratulating either the Congress or Rahul by their names, drawing sharp reactions.
Senior state Congress leaders had then asked if Trinamool Congress leaders were having "sleepless nights" fearing their dream of Mamata becoming the prime minister may not be fulfilled.
The Mamata Banerjee-led party, however, said it would cooperate with other opposition camps on various issues concerning people's interest
An alliance between the TMC, a Congress-led UPA and regional parties is a theoretical possibility
Sangma said they had taken 'conscious decision' to march with the All India Trinamool Congress. He added that it was the culmination of exhaustive due diligence and analysis