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Even Mamata knows only one who can do things is me: Modi

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  10 May 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Kolkata, May 9: Lending his voice to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s lament about the lack of banking facilities in rural areas, Prime Minister rendra Modi on Saturday said even she believed it is only him who can improve things.

There was a visible bonhomie between the two leaders - who have been more in the news for their high-octane and often spiteful verbal duels in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls last year - as Modi launched three ambitious social security schemes, relating to the insurance and pension sector and intended at widening the process of fincial inclusion.

Without taking any mes, Modi took a dig at the Congress after Banerjee rued the lack of banking facilities in rural areas and called for setting up a bank in all the gram panchayats of the country.

“Mamataji is saying there are no banks in villages. Well this is a result of 60 years,” said Modi as the audience at the zrul Manch, the venue of the event, burst in laughter.

“Her pain is quite tural. I also lend my voice to that. I share her pain. But she raised the matter in my presence as she too knows that if someone can do it, then it is this person,” said Modi amid loud cheers.

Calling for the uplift of the poor and the downtrodden, Banerjee said there was a need to ensure social security schemes are properly implemented and the benefits reach the poor.

The bonhomie between the two leaders was visible from outset as Modi after taking his seat, gestured to Banerjee to take the seat kept for her next to him. He also made the way for her to take the seat. Both leaders were seen chatting during the event.

While Banerjee began her speech addressing Modi as “pradhan mantra ji”, Modi during his turn used “adarniya (respected)” while addressing the Trimool Congress supremo.

Known for her strident anti-central government stand and frequent allegations that Bengal was being deprived by New Delhi, Banerjee sung a diffrent tune, stressing on the centre and the states working together on development programmes. (ians)

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