Rebutting PM Modi's response to her over the 'Jai Shri Ram' controversy, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee hit out on Monday saying, 'we will never say the slogan which the BJP wants people to say,' while addressing a rally in Jhargram, West Bengal.
"You cannot force people to chant your slogans. We respect Lord Ram and know how to respect him. I will say Jai Hind, Vande Mataram, 'Maa-Mati-Manush-er jai', 'Trinamool Congress-er Jai' and 'Jai Bangla' but never will I say the slogan which the BJP wants people to say," she said.
Questioning why the BJP uses Lord Ram as their 'election agent', Banerjee continued by saying, 'you have not built even one Ram Mandir.'
"You BJP babus, in the span of five years, have you built even one Ram Mandir? You keep shouting 'Jai Shri Ram.' During election season, Shri Ram becomes your agent and then he (Modi) ask people to chant 'Jai Shri Ram'. Why?" she asked.
On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi slammed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee over her alleged anger at a man chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and the CPI(M) on Sitaram Yechury's comments against Lord Ram.
Addressing poll rally in West Bengal, the Prime Minister said: "The situation is so grave that Mamata didi is sending those to jail who are raising Jai Shri Ram slogans. Please tell Didi, Lord Ram is our inspiration, Lord Ram is Bhakti. None can stand in front of Ram ji. Your arrogance will also break, Didi. CPM insulted Mahabharata and Ramayana, insulting our Mahabharata and Ramayana is their fashion now. But Lord Ram is within us. We believe in Ram Bhakti and Bharat Bhakti. He is an inspiration."
This comment was in retaliation to the development on Sunday when West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had allegedly raged at some people who shouted chants of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ at her convoy while it was on the way to Chandrakona in West Bengal's Midnapore district.
With West Bengal voting in the remaining two phases on May 12 and May 19, election rallies of Banerjee and PM Modi are scheduled throughout the state. The result will be declared on May 23.