In controversial remarks, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has appeared to suggest that the much-awaited Lok Sabha Election process has planned to facilitate yet another “strike” as part of BJP’s “gameplan to disturb” the state.
CM Banerjee is the state’s ruling TMC Chief, said that the candidate’s list of TMC will be released today.
During a press conference, CM Banerjee said that “I have been informed by some senior journalists that there will be another strike. What strike I will not say. In the name of so-called… so-called… so-called… in the month of April. That is why it (voting process) will continue till May 19.”
“Please don’t misquote me. I have great respect for a constitutional body like the Election Commission. But it is a part of the BJP’s gameplan to disturb West Bengal,” added the West Bengal Chief Minister.
With Mamata Banerjee’s comments being considered as an oblique reference to a likely military action by India, BJP has reacted quickly, dubbed her allegation as “baseless”.
West Bengal’s BJP Chief Dilip Ghosh replied, “She has the habit of levelling baseless accusations. She is given to kite-flying. If she has proof, she should make it public.”
The TMC Chief had alleged the Centre of creating “war-like hysteria” in the after effect of Pulwama terror attack, in which around 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives and retaliatory pre-dawn air strikes by IAF on JeM’s terrorist training camps in Pakistan’s Balakot.
She further claims that the lives of the army jawans were more valuable than electoral politics, what the countrymen had total right to know what has happened actually in Balakot, following the air strikes.
Bengal will have polling in all seven phases, starting from April 11 and concluding on May 19, the results will be declared on May 23.
CM Banerjee has claimed that TMC will win all 42-seats in the Lok Sabha Elections in West Bengal.
She further claims that she had no issue with the protracted exercise but it might put poll personnel and voters in ‘distress’ as they have to face the extreme heat of the summer.
Several TMC leaders also have said that the polling during the holy month of Ramzan will create trouble for Muslim voters, who observe fast.
“I know the people of my state. I have great respect for the people of Bengal. But the BJP is showing disrespect to them. They (the BJP) have conspired against me and Bengal, but it will boomerang on them,” added CM Banerjee.
Replying to a question, Mamata Banerjee said that seven phases of the election have been announced only in West Bengal, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh, which are likely to play a key role in deciding who is going to form the next government at the Centre.
On Sunday, soon after the announcement of the Election Commission about the scheduled dates for elections, TMC had alleged the central government of “misleading” the election body about the law and order situation in the state.