Should we read out from Dipak Ghosh's book to expose Mamata, asks BJP

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Kolkata, May 7: Senior BJP leader and candidate in this year's Lok Sabha election Tathagata Roy lashed out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a debate programme on Bengali news channel ABP Ananda for her sharp criticism of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally in the state on Wednesday.

[Read: Won't allow Modi to become PM even if gets the majority, says Mamata]

Reacting to Banerjee who displayed a CD during her rally threatening to expose Modi, Roy said one would have to read the book authored by former IAS officer and aide-turned-critic of Banerjee, Dipak Ghosh, to expose the chief minister. Ghosh has authored a few volumes [the latest was released last month] which throw lights on various unknown stories on Banerjee.

"She would not like if we read out from that book but we don't believe in such politics of indecency. But she doesn't care for this and is speaking whatever she feels," Roy said, adding further words when the anchor intervened.

Banerjee displayed a CD set at a rally on May 7 threatening to expose Modi

He also mocked Banerjee over her calling Modi as 'Haridas' (Mr Nobody) saying this reflects poorly on her for the father of her own finance minister Amit Mitra was also named Haridas and he was a learned man. "Does she keep all these things in mind while speaking at rallies," Roy said.

Modi addressed three rallies in West Bengal on Wednesday and he countered Banerjee's sharp barbs with a smile on his face. Reacting to Banerjee's threat that Modi should be tied up and sent to jail, the BJP leaders said Banerjee need not tie him up for after all the efforts, her administration might yet end up with a inferior-quality rope (thanks to corruption).

"No need of a rope, tell me which jail to go," Modi said jokingly. He also said that he would learn Bengali language while in jail but expressed fear that Banerjee might not allow him that. "She will feel uneasy that I am living on her jail food and learning Bengali," Modi said.

Banerjee, on the other hand, raked up Modi's marital affairs while slamming him at her rally.

A Left leader said the language used by Banerjee was not acceptable no matter what differences she had with her opponents. A Congress leader said such use of language by the chief minister of a state adversely impact children who watch the leader on television.

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