When PM Modi Called Mamata Banerjee's Detractor Adhir Chowdhury A Fighter
Congress lawmaker Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a feisty leader from West Bengal, came in for a bit of praise from Prime Minister Narendra Modi who called him a "fighter" after the all-party meeting on Sunday ahead of the start of the 17th Lok Sabha.
Mr Chowdhury, who is a strong detractor of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, was called by the prime minister at the end of the meeting which he had attended as one of the Congress representatives.
Reacting to PM Modi's remark, Mr Chowdhury told ANI, "I greeted the Prime Minister. He then patted me on the back and said before everyone that Adhir is a fighter. I felt happy."
"I don't have any personal enmity with anyone. We are people's representatives and they (BJP) are also people's representatives. We will raise our voices, they will also do. We are going to speak in Parliament, not fight in a war."
Amid a tug of war between TMC and BJP, which made deep inroads into the state, Chowdhury is the lone Congress MP from West Bengal, which saw a spurt in political violence during the general elections.
Although polls have ended, violence still continues to take place in the state, with both sides trading blame on each other.