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Mamata calling me Haridas Pal but who is that, asks Narendra Modi

Ahmedabad, May 8: The fight between BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is becoming more entertaining. An interesting aspect of this fight is that more Banerjee is targetting Modi in harsh terms, the lighter the latter's retaliation has become.

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Modi, in an exclusive interview to Bengali daily Anandabazaar Patrika, asked senior journalist Jayanta Ghoshal who is the person called Haridas Pal? Banerjee has been calling Modi as 'Haridas Pal' (Mr Nobody) while attacking him on various occasions. "Who is Modi? A Haridas who is interfering in our matters," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief is often heard saying while reacting to Modi's accusations against her government on issues like Saradha chit fund scam and infiltration from Bangladesh into the border state of West Bengal. She also threatened to tie Modi up and send him to the jail. Modi, in a rally in Kolkata on Wednesday, said he needn't to be tied up and he would go to jail himself.

Modi said industrialisation is needed more than waiving off loans

When the interviewer told Modi that Haridas Pal means somebody of no significance, the latter laughed and said he never made a personal attack on Banerjee. He said the previous Left Front regime has ruined West Bengal, which was once a flourishing state, and the next government at the Centre would make all possible cooperation with the state government.

On the question of waiving off West Bengal's massive loans, Modi said the matter needed to be closely studied. According to the Gujarat chief minister, industrialisation is a more effective economic cure than waiving off loans. We have to talk to experts on this, he said in the interview.

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