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AP CM slams Modi for “absurd” remarks

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu lambasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for “touching the heights of absurdity” by claiming that over 40 MLAs of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) were in touch with him. 
 
“Betraying the spirit of democracy, belittling the office of the PM, Modi has stooped low and claimed that 40 TMC MLAs were in touch with him. It means horse-trading, that too, when the election process is underway with the model code of conduct in force,” Naidu tweeted.
 
He demanded that the Election Commission take cognizance of the remarks and consider them suo motu evidence to initiate action against Modi. Further, Modi made a sensational claim saying that 40 TMC MLAs, who were in touch with him, will desert their party once the BJP wins the polls. 
 
At a rally in Hooghly district in West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed: “When the results come out, the lotus will start blooming and your MLAs will start leaving you. As of now, 40 of your MLAs are in touch with me. It is difficult for you to survive as you have betrayed the people of Bengal.” 
 
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress accused the BJP of indulging in “horse-trading” while other anti-BJP parties criticised the PM for such remarks, bringing down the dignity of the PM’s stature.
 
Hitting back at Modi for such controversial remarks, TMC’s MP Derek O’Brien tweeted: “Expiry Babu  PM , let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with  you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading #LokSabhaElection2019.”
 
With 10 leaders from TMC already deserting the party for the saffron party and BJP targeting a total of 23 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, it looks like TMC is in for more trouble.
 

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