Kolkata, May 18: Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee, who drew flak for not showing concern over the stampede at Delhi railway station, has made yet another remark, which could prove costly.
The minister, who is busy wooing the votes ahead of the Kolkata Munipical Corporation (KMC) polls, defended her choice to stay in Kolkata instead of Delhi, like the other Union Ministers.
"Delhi is not my home. When there is no Parliament session, why should I stay in Delhi? Kolkata is my homeland," Banerjee said in response to a question on the matter.
Banerjee's statement came at a public meeting where she was campaigning for Trinamool Congress candidates in the coming civic polls in Kolkata.
Following the Sunday, May 16 stampede at Delhi Railway station, in which two people were killed and eight injured, the minister has been attacked over her apparant apathy.
CPI(M) accused the Trinamool chief of neglecting her duty as the Minister for Railways and that she was mainly concerntrating on Kolkata.
Repeating what a probe panel had found on the incident, Banerjee said, “It was not a stampede, rather a trip up."
"There is no link between accidents and my absence," she added.