Did Mamata Banerjee Say ‘Will Slap Modi For Calling TMC Tolabaaz: No, she was talking about the slap of democracy

Posted on 2019-05-13 14:05:29 by Himani Joshi


No, Mamta Banerjee didn't say "I want to slap Narendra Modi'. Her actual statement was "When Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaj, I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy".

As the final phase of 2019 Lok Sabha Election is approaching, the Trinamool Congress and Bhartiya Janta Party are taking each other personally in the West Bengal. On 6th May, the Prime minister Narendra Modi targetted the Trinamool Congress in the Campaign by characterizing the party as the  “TTT” or “Trinamool, Tolabaazi, Tax”.  

"Tolabaazi" is the Bengali word for Racketeer or person who engages in organised extortion. 

After that many big media houses, such as News 18,  Aaj Tak and INDIA TODAY reported on May 7 that Mamta Banerjee wants to slap him when Modi comes to West Bengal.

Aaj Tak tweeted "When Narendra Modi comes to Bengal and says that the TMC is full of robbers then I want to slap them: "Mamta Banerjee".

It was reported that Mamta Banerjee said this thing when she was addressing a public rally in Purulia's. This was said to be the reply of PM Modi's "Tolabaazi" comment.

News organizations ran this statement on television and their Twitter and official YouTube channel. You can see the video report by India Today here:

Slap of Democracy

The Akhil Bharatiya Trinamool Congress's Tweeter account tweeted to clarify Mamta Banerjee's comment on PM Modi. The tweet reads:

What’s new! Some 'Delhi media', masquerading as 'national media' have got it wrong again. This is what @MamataOfficial actually said: "When Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaj, I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy" - Derek O'Brien

They tweeted a clip from her speech to substantiate their claim. In the video clip, she can be heard saying in Bengali: "When Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaj, I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy".

Conclusion: It is clear from the video, that she was talking about giving a tight slap of democracy to Narendra Modi. However, the word democracy was missing from the media reports.

The news channels misreporting Mamta Banerji's comment

Several News Broadcaster misreports Mamta Banerjee as she did not talk about slapping PM Modi in the public meeting. Mamta Banerjee actually said, “I want to give PM Modi a tight slap of democracy". The word 'democracy' was missing from news organizations reports.

Aaj Tak

In the May 7, Aaj Tak broadcast in his most famous show Halla Bol, in which  Anjana Om Kashyap says a number of times that Mamata Banerjee said she would slap Modi.

In between the spokespersons of  Bhartiya Janta Party and the Trinamool Congress Anjana Om Kashyap interrupted in the middle of debate the Trinamool representative to ask,  “Comment on the ‘slap’ statement, Manojitji.”

Anjana Om Kashyap accused Mamta Banerjee of sympathizing with migrants and “the neighbouring country”. She asked the Trinamool spokesperson, "Why do you want to slap the country's Prime Minister, who is giving respect to the "weak", to look after the care of the people who came from the neighboring country, to make such a great deal of talk and maintaining brotherhood with them. 

The Trinamool Congress spokesperson responded that Modi was politicizing issues, Anjana Om Kashyap repeat,  “But is it right for her to say ‘I want to slap PM Modi.

You can watch the video here  the relevant part at 38:30 minutes onwards:

ABP News

ABP News also ran an over 10-minute broadcast about Mamata Banerjee’s recent statement.  The show titled is, “PM Narendra Modi needs a ‘slap of democracy’: Mamata Banerjee”, anchor Rubika Liyaquat’s translation of Mamata Banerjee’s statement eliminated the word “democracy”.

Rubika Liyaquat had misquoted the Mamta Banerjee's statement. "You know what has happened now? Mamata Banerjee attacked Prime Minister Modi. she is saying I will slap Prime Minister Modi.” 

You can watch the video here the relevant part at 8:38 minutes onwards:

The Indian Express Hindi outlet Jansatta also published an article on Mamta Banerjee. Jansatta’s report was titled The battle of words has taken a different turn, Mamata Banerjee said- I feel like slapping Modi.

Meanwhile, there were some organizations including The Indian Express, The Times of India and NDTV, who correctly reported Mamta's statement.

The news agency ANI had also quoted Mamta Banerjee correctly in their tweet.

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