West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee slashed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s allegations against her government, saying “he is just a kid”. She also refused to comment on Gandhi’s minimum income promise ahead of the national polls. Banerjee said,‘He (Gandhi) 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?’
Launching his party’s Lok Sabha poll campaign in the state, Rahul Gandhi at last week’s rally in Malda charged Trinamool Congress chief of failing to fulfill their promises. He had alleged that nothing has changed in Bengal as there has been no development in the state under Banerjee.
Asked to comment on Gandhi’s poll promise of minimum income, Mamata said ‘They (Congress) have made an announcement and it would not be right for us to make a comment on it.’
Gandhi 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 relationship in the state after fighting the 2011 polls together and uprooting the 34-year-old Left Front regime. As many as 17 Congress MLAs and one MP have switched over to the TMC in Bengal since the state elections of 2016.
Although Congress has shared the stage with the TMC at the national level, in Bengal it has maintained a distance with Banerjee’s party, which was born out of it in 1998.
Last month during CBI and TMC government altercation, Congress President Rahul Gandhi showed his support to Mamata Didi.