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Mamata Defends Stay In Kolkata, Says Delhi Not Her Home

In the face of criticism by the Opposition for her frequent absence from Delhi, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has defended her stay in Kolkata saying the national capital was not her home. "Delhi is not
PTI May 18, 2010 13:17 IST
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In the face of criticism by the Opposition for her frequent absence from Delhi, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has defended her stay in Kolkata saying the national capital was not her home.

"Delhi is not my home. When there is no Parliament session, why should I stay in Delhi? Kolkata is my homeland," she told a public meeting on Monday night while campaigning for her Trinamool Congress candidates in the coming civic polls.

Banerjee's remark came in the wake of latest criticism by Opposition, including CPI(M), charging her of neglecting duty as Railway minister following Sunday's stampede at New Delhi Railway Station, which left two persons dead and eight others injured.

"It is a ploy by the CPI-M to send me to Delhi. No one can force out Mamata," she said. PTI