Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday accused West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of doing politics with dead bodies and has been trying to politicise the death of five people at Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar district during polling in the assembly elections on April 10.
Addressing an election rally in the industrial town of Asansol, Modi said the West Bengal Chief Minister's "insensitivity" was evident once again in connection with the Cooch Behar firing incident, while referring to a purported audio tape released by the Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday.
In the audio clip, Mamata is heard telling Trinamool Congress' Cooch Behar district President Partha Pratim Roy, who is also the party's candidate for Sitalkuchi assembly seat, asked her district party leader to take out a rally with the bodies.
"The truth is that Didi thought of her own political gain from the death of people in Cooch Behar. She has an old habit of doing politics with dead bodies," Modi said.
The Trinamool had earlier claimed that the BJP had distorted the content of the audio clip to spread disinformation amid the ongoing state Assembly election.
The blame game came as West Bengal yesterday voted in the fifth phase Assembly Elections amid tight security.
Altogether 45 constituencies across six districts including Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Nadia, East Burdwan, and North 24 Parganas went for the polls. The phase is likely to be very important because of the 45 constituencies, TMC got 23 seats and BJP shared the rest of the 22 in respect to the Lok Sabha polls in 2019.