Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday played the perfect guest in the city, heaping praise on his host State, its people and his counterpart here Mamata Banerjee. He, however, said the progress in his State had come after 12 years and not two years, in an obvious reference to the period — close to two years — since the Trinamool Congress assumed office.

 “Bengal was in the dumps for 32 years,” he said in a mention of the 34-year Left rule. “The efforts to fill those gaps … the dream of the people of West Bengal will be fulfilled,” he said at a function organised by three city Chambers of Commerce.

 The State Congress leadership saw a political design behind the praise showered by Mr. Modi on Ms. Banerjee.

 Communist Party of India (Marxist) State Secretary Biman Bose described the ties between the two leaders as a “nuptial knot.”

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