Mamata says Delhi not her home

Defending her stay in Kolkata, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee says that Delhi is not her home.

Updated: May 18, 2010, 13:32 PM IST

Kolkata: 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 here last 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