Mamata threatens to wear ‘parivartan’ in Delhi after winning Bengal election
Kalaikunda/ Garbeta/ Kesiari (WB), Mar 18 (PTI) Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday she would bring ‘parivartan’ (change) to Delhi after winning the upcoming Assembly polls in its state of origin.
The Chief Minister said the BJP is targeting West Bengal with all their might as they know they will go for the Center soon after winning in their state. Political analysts have long speculated that Banerjee, who previously served as central minister, harbors ambitions to play a key role in national politics.
“The BJP is afraid that if we win in West Bengal we will bring an alternative to Delhi and that is why they are targeting the state with all their might,” she told a town hall meeting in Kalaikunda in the district of Paschim Medinipur. , famous for its airbase from where Indian jets played a key role in the 1971 war.
Banerjee also accused the BJP of “stealing” its “parivartan” slogan and turning it into “asol parivartan” (real change) for the Bengal elections.
Accusing the BJP-led government in the Center of trying to “sell out the railways”, former cabinet minister for railways Atal Bihari Vajpayee urged people not to vote for the saffron party.
She also promised a new port at Digha and ancillary industries in the railway town of Kharagpur and other parts of Purba and Paschim Medinipur districts.
Claiming that her government has brought down unemployment in West Bengal by 40%, she said the MSME sector will receive an investment of Rs 5 lakh crore which will create a large number of jobs.
She promised to grant OBC status to certain castes after required investigation. The Chief Minister has also pledged an education loan of Rs 10 lakh to students at just 4% interest to pursue higher education.
Alleging that the BJP will try to rig the assembly elections, Banerjee asked TMC workers to remain vigilant during and after the eight-stage elections until the votes are counted on May 2.
“I have respect for the police, they don’t do such things, but there are instructions from the BJP to seize the EVM machines,” she alleged.
Stating that the former Maoist stronghold in the Jangalmahal area is now a peaceful area, Banerjee said his government has been working hard for its development. The TMC had won most of the assembly seats in the Jangalmahal region in the 2016 elections, but the BJP emerged victorious from the five Lok Sabha seats in the region, distributed in the districts of Paschim Medinipur, Jhargram, Bankura and Purulia, in the 2019 polls.
At another rally in Kesiari, Banerjee called on “Marxist friends” to refrain from voting for the CPI(M) or the Congress, as they were in cahoots “with the communal BJP”. She asked people not to vote for those ”who have ties to Gandhi’s killers” and alleged that ”the CPI-M is now helping the BJP”. The TMC supremo faces a tough fight this time against his former supporter and now BJP leader, Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram in neighboring Purba Medinipur district and had earlier turned to the Left Front and Congress to defeat the saffron party.
“Only the TMC will continue their fight against the BJP,” she said and accused the Saffron Party of conspiring against her which resulted in her injury on March 10 in Nandigram while campaigning there.
”After the attack, they (the BJP) are now spreading lies. After the conspiracy, they are now involved in defamation,” Banerjee said. The Chief Minister also accused the BJP-led government in the Center of looting millions of rupees.
”Tell us what happened to the PM Cares Fund, what happened to the currencies declared missing during ‘notebandi’. What happened to the Ujjwala Yojana? “How much money changes hands by selling PSUs and shutting them down. No audit, no account of this huge money,” she alleged.
Stepping up his tirade against the BJP, Banerjee said its outside leaders arrive in helicopters and planes with “a bag full of money” ahead of the elections to lure voters and “loot the votes”.
Significantly, Banerjee recited ‘Chandi shlokas’ while concluding his speeches at the Garbeta and Kesiari meetings.
Analysts believe that it is an attempt by the leader of the TMC to counter the propaganda according to which she would play the minority card before the polls.
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