‘PM candidate is a fictional idea’
The West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee promised to bring in development in the hills with special packages at an election rally in Darjeeling on Sunday.
She said her government okayed the setting up of ITI, engineering college and projects related with electricity and drinking water. ‘We are all for development of the hills,’ the CM said.
‘We will not allow any division of the Hills,’ Banerjee reiterated, while emphasising that her government has effected various development projects in the hills. Banerjee also attacked the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha(GJM), accusing that it was ‘selling’ tickets in New Delhi. GJM chief Bimal Gurung shot back, saying that Banerjee’s party will not be able to make an impact in the hill elections. Film star and Rajya Sabha MP Mithun Chakraborty also campaigned for TMC candidate Bhaichung Bhutia from the same platform.Trashing pre-poll surveys putting Narendra Modi ahead in the prime ministerial race, Banerjee said the idea of a PM candidate is ‘fictional’.
‘The ‘PM candidate’ is a fictional idea. There is no such thing in the Constitution,’ she said, adding that in a parliamentary democracy, the people elect MPs who then select the PM. In an interview to a news agency, she said, ‘To those who are saying Namo, Namo, we are saying No-No, No-No,’ she said, targeting Modi who went hammer and tongs against Banerjee in an election rally near Siliguri on Friday.