Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu on Thursday hailed his West Bengal counterpart Mamata Banerjee as “Bengal tigress” and claimed she would act as a kingmaker in the formation of the next government at the Centre.

The Telugu Desam Party chief on Thursday shared dais with the Trinamool Congress chief at Kharagpur in West Midnapore district. Naidu said Narendra Modi was fighting a lost battle. The Andhra Pradesh chief minister said Modi visited Bengal 16 times for election campaigns. “How many times have you [Modi] come to West Bengal for development work?” he asked.

Naidu praised Banerjee for getting the anti-BJP forces together. “Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal is very important because under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee, the country will get a new prime minister,” said Naidu. “She is organising everybody and is going to play a vital role in forming the new government at the Centre.”

Naidu addressed the crowd in English as well as Telugu. Kharagpur has about 30% Telugu population that could prove vital for the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat, reported The Hindu. The TMC has fielded Manas Bhunia from the constituency. The BJP has nominated state president Dilip Ghosh against Bhunia.

Banerjee accused Kharagpur Town MLA and BJP’s Medinipur candidate Dilip Ghosh of not doing anything for the industrial town. “He has done only one thing which is to take out procession carrying mace,” she said. “I request you to not vote for Dilip Ghosh.”


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