Congress takes offense to Mamata mimicking PM

KOLKATA (TIP): Congress has criticised Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee on September 28 for her “personal attack” on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and said such impulsiveness violated political decorum.

“We have noted with dismay that the West Bengal chief minister has indulged in a personal attack on the Prime Minister, and even described him as not being a grassroots leader, besides taking recourse to mimicry in a televised interview last night,” West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee (WBPCC) president Pradip Bhattacharya said at a press conference on September 28 at the party office.

Asking Banerjee to desist from making unwanted comments and mimicry, he said it set an “unhealthy” precedence in national politics. Bhattacharya said, “The comments you have made, I feel, would have hurt you deeply too if made against you. It is not wise for her to be so much impulsive as such trends violate political decorum.”

The WBPCC chief suggested the chief minister was agitated after finding that the UPA government was continuing in power at the Centre after withdrawal of support by Trinamool Congress. “She is frustrated that her wish for mid-term election at the doorstep after withdrawal of Trinamool Congress support to the UPA has not been fulfilled,” he said.
Bhattacharya challenged Banerjee’s claim that Congress would fail to win a seat in West Bengal if Lok Sabha election was held now. “We challenge the CM’s claim and Congress will show how it can perform in Lok Sabha elections,” he said.

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