"His becoming a Prime Minister is a fantasy. So, I don't need to answer this hypothetical question," Banerjee said.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo also dismissed any comparisons between West Bengal and Gujarat, saying that comparing a rich, privileged child with an undernourished, neglected one, is not correct.

"Some people are talking about the Gujarat model. I must tell you there cannot be any comparison ... Gujarat has been developing even before the current Chief Minister. In fact, the growth rate of Gujarat declined during his tenure,” she said.

Banerjee said she had a lot of love for the people of Gujarat.

"Look at our population density and compare. They have 19 ports, we have only two. Even then Bengal model is far better," she said.

The Trinamool Congress chief also said that a Federal Front government will come to power after the elections.
 
"The Federal Front is the future. A Federal Front government will be formed after the elections," she said.

When asked whether she is expecting better financial treatment in the event of Modi becoming the Prime Minister, she said, "Bengal does not need to go with a begging bowl. We are only asking for what is due to us. The demand for moratorium is not new. Even before 2011 elections the Prime Minister had promised to restructure Bengal's burden created by three decades of Left rule. I and my Finance Minister had so many meetings but they did not do anything. They did not keep their promise."

(JPN/Agencies)

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