“Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is everyone's leader...They were teasing me in front of Prime Minister. I don't believe in guns, I believe in politics. BJP has insulted Netaji and Bengal," Banerjee said in a meeting in Pursura, Hoogly. Elderly women sing, 'Hare Krishna, Hare Ram', I say 'Hare Krishna, Hare Ram, Bidai Jao BJP- Bam (Left) and 'Hare Krishna Hare Hare, Trinamool Ghore Ghore'...," she added at aforesaid meeting.
TMC MP and Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee claimed it was a deliberate attempt by the BJP to not let her address the people. He added that the chief minister was humiliated at the event. “I appeal to people to give a befitting reply to people who insult Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary,” he said at a public meeting in South 24 Parganas district.
Senior TMC leader and state minister Firhad Hakim criticised the BJP for turning a government programme into a “joke”. BJP National General Secretary Kaliash Vijayvargiya said that by not speaking at the event, Banerjee had insulted Subhas Chandra Bose. “Jai Shri Ram slogan is raised to welcome guests,” he said. “When the prime minister arrived at the event the slogan was raised. The same was done when Mamata Banerjee arrived. What is there in this slogan that Mamata Banerjee felt insulted? She has done it keeping a political agenda in mind.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi made no mention of the incident in his speech, Banerjee's sharp remarks have sparked a war of words between BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders. BJP's Tajinder Bagga said that he will send 1 Lakh postcards to Mamata with Jai Shri Ram written on it after this controversy.