West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra along with other Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders held a press conference in Kolkata where he called Modi a "snob". Mitra also said, "..making false allegations against a woman (Mamata), who has struggled all her life, Modi should publicly apologise for the comments made by him."
Supporting TMC leader Mukul Roy's statement, Mitra said, "Modi has changed the discourse of politics to the lowest common denominator. Modi parachutes into Bengal, knows nothing about the State and indulges in personal attacks."
Modi has changed the discourse of politics to the lowest common denominator: TMC
Reacting against Modi's allegations against TMC supremo and the chief minister of the state, Mitra asserted, "Mamata Banerjee sold her books and donated the money to spastic society."
They also claimed that TMC has all the records about funds and money they received from various sources. Speaking about the money, which the party received after the auction of painting by Mamata Banerjee, Mitra said, "We have records of every penny we received in funds. Every account is audited."
Challenging the prime ministerial candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party to speak about scams under NDA government, Mitra said, "...let him(Modi) give account of UTI and Balco scam."
"UTI scam worth Rs 25000 crores happened during NDA rule. 2 crore people were affected. Where is the money," the finance minister of the state added.
He also said, "Modi has to answer for the case of Balco. Missiles worth Rs 6000 crore were sold for Rs 500 crore during NDA rule."
However, the leaders overruled reports which said one of the paintings by Mamata Banerjee was sold for Rs 1.86 crore. The moved the Election Commission (EC) complaining against Modi who hurled personal attacks during his rally in Kolkata on Sunday.
At a rally at Srirampure, near Kolkata, Modi said, "Your (Mamata's) paintings used to be sold for Rs 4 lakh, Rs 8 lakh or Rs 15 lakh, but what is the reason that one of your paintings sold for Rs 1.80 crore. If for this your image has suffered blemishes, then the people of Bengal, who are known to be ardent lovers of art, where art is worshipped, will not tolerate if art is sold in the hands of thieves."
The TMC's Derek O'Brien hit back, calling Modi the "butcher of Gujarat". "Butcher of Gujarat air-dropped into Bengal. He has no answers to Bengal's development model. So, making personal attacks," he said in a series of tweets lambasting the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.