After Mamata Banerjee mocked Rahul Gandhi by calling him a "kid" the NCP has backed the statement by the Trinamool chief comment. NCP and Congress are in coalition in Maharashtra for the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday had dismissed Congress chief Rahul Gandhi's allegations against her government, saying "he is just a kid".
NCP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Majeed Memon said that the Banerjee had made a matured comment about the Congress president inability to understand matured politics,
"Mamataji is yet another political force to fight Modi and hence you have a common object and she cannot be equated to Modi and that statement naturally has hurt her, and hence when a journalist asked her a statement, she very maturely said that Rahul Gandhi is too young to understand matured politics,"he said.
He also added that "there was nothing wrong with Mamata's statement'".
Launching his party's Lok Sabha poll campaign in the state, Gandhi at last week's rally in Malda charged both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Trinamool Congress chief of failing to fulfil their promises.
Reacting to this, 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?"
She also refused to comment on Gandhi's minimum income promise ahead of the national polls.
Asked to comment on Gandhi'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."
Although the Congress have shared 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.
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 last year, Banerjee stopped short of congratulating either the Congress or Gandhi by their names, drawing sharp reactions. Her party also changed the name from 'Trinamool Congress'' to 'Trinamool'
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