Never said I will beat up the PM, clarifies Mamata

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Kolkata, Jan 22: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee blamed the media for twisting her statement on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Speaking at the hospital here, Banerjee said she never told that she would beat up the Prime Minister. She said a section of the media was conspiring against her government and spreading lies.

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Banerjee warned the media, asking the latter not to present incomplete stories.

The Chief Minister claimed on the occasion that the state-run hospitals had the best infrastructure. She appealed to those doctors who have just joined duty to go to remote areas and serve people. "Who will look after those people if you don't? We will give you incentives. But spend at least one year in the villages," she advised them.

Banerjee also asked authorities to ensure that no patient is refused treatment in the state hospitals. She also announced that more fair price shops will be set up in the state and everyone will be able to buy medicines from them.

Deepa Dasmunshi wants an apology from Mamata

Union Minister Deepa Dasmunsi on Monday demanded that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee apologise for using "undemocratic language" against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

"There should be cordial relations between a state and the Centre. The kind of language she has used against the PM is not only undemocratic but also insulting to the basic principles of our democracy and Constitution. We condemn this kind of language," Dasmunsi said.

Calling Banerjee "intolerant", the Union Minister of State for Urban Development said, "This kind of words from a Chief Minister while taking about the Prime Minister is totally unacceptable. We demand an immediate apology. We will launch a state-wide protest against her."

Dasmunsi also took a dig at Banerjee's comments made a few days ago on marching to the Red Fort in New Delhi to protest against the Centre's alleged apathy towards the economic situation of the state.

"A few days ago she had said that she would march to the Red Fort. We all know that Prime Minister on Aug 15 goes to the Red Fort for flag hoisting. So if she has such plans, she has to wait till 2014," said Dasmunsi.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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