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Kolkata: Firing a fresh salvo, Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah of having turned the party into a “private company.”

Banerjee has also decried the tendency at branding the critics of Modi government as “anti-nationals” and “Pakistanis.”

“Modi and Amit Shah have reduced the BJP into a private company. They are threatening everybody. Anyone criticising them is being branded as Pakistani and anti-national,” the Bengal CM told reporters at state secretariat Nabanna this evening.

“They can accord me whatever punishment for raising questions. But as an ordinary citizen of the country, I have the right to question,” she said.

Banerjee said that she needs no lessons on nationalism from the BJP.

“We are all hindustani. I was born here in Bengal. My father was a freedom fighter. Hence I’ll not take lessons on nationalism from BJP.”

The latest outburst from the Trinamool supremo comes after BJP leaders criticised her for questioning the success of Balakote air strike.

Banerjee clarified that she is against the Modi-government and not the armed forces.

“Our total support is with the armed forces, the people, and the country. But we are against Modi-babu. Mr Modi holding the Prime Minister’s chair is a shame for the country.”

She has reiterated the question as to why the Centre did not act in time to save the soldiers despite alleged intelligence input on the Pulwama attack.

“If one thinks that election would be won over the blood of the soldiers, we would not allow that to happen. We condemn those who are trying to garner political mileage over the soldiers’ blood. We want peace and not riots,” she said.

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