‘I respect you. Your slap will be a blessing’: PM Modi to Mamata Banerjee

‘I respect you. Your slap will be a blessing’: PM Modi to Mamata Banerjee
‘I respect you. Your slap will be a blessing’: PM Modi to Mamata Banerjee

Days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee courted controversy for her “slap of democracy” remark, Prime Minister Narender Modi responded saying that even a slap from “didi (sister)” was a blessing for him.

Addressing a rally in West Bengal’s Bankura district, Modi on Thursday said, “I am told Didi has said she wants to slap me. Didi…oh Didi….I call you Didi. I respect you. Your slap will be a blessing for me.”

Hitting back at Modi, the TMC supremo said she had never said she would slap the PM. “I had said slap of democracy, try to understand the language. Slap of democracy means peoples’ mandate. Why should I be slapping the PM,” she said.

Earlier this week, Banerjee had slammed Modi after he called TMC as a “toll collector” party. Banerjee said, “Money doesn’t matter to me. That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaz (toll collector), I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy.”