Kolkata: Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee who is contesting from Bhawanipore constituency to get elected as a legislator for the state assembly to continue her tenure as chief minister, hinted at the importance of her winning the bypoll. The victory would carver out a bigger national role national politics for her and TMC. She said at a public meeting at Jadubabu Bazar, Kolkata.
“You people made us win the Bengal election, now Bhawanipore victory will make a new beginning in our politics,” she told the crowd as they cheered the CM and Trinamool Congress candidate, who continued, “Thereafter, we will go across India. We will go to Tripura, Assam, UP and other states.”
After the mandate for third consecutive terms for her party TMC, political observers believe that Mamata Banerjee will be a strong opposition face against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The TMC chief had also visited national capital Delhi after her massive win and besides meeting PM Modi, she had met several opposition leaders to connect dots among the opposition parties in India.
As, the TMC supremo contesting by-poll, to ensure her tenure as the CM, on Sunday, the second last day of campaigning, she made it clear, how important her win would be for national politics.
Bengal CM also attacked Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb for criticizing the judiciary and terming himself beyond everything. “I have a video, in which a BJP CM is saying that he is above law. He says, he does not care about courts. We do criticize court judgments, but how can we claim that we are above law?” Banerjee questioned.
“I have the video and if any citizen wants to lodge a defamation case against him, they can take it from me,” said Banerjee.
Earlier Bengal chief minister mentioned how in BJP ruled states, TMC leaders were not being allowed to enter. “They did not let our partymen to meet victims, it happened in Uttar Pradesh after Hathras gangrape incident, in Assam when people get killed because of NRC and our leaders want to meet them, they did not get permission, in Tripura also they doing same.
“But there is no such issue for BJP leaders when they visit Bengal. They come and dance here, dance means not dandia, means doing ulta-pulta thing (nonsense activities),” she pointed out.
The three-time chief minister and TMC chief in her 35 minutes long speech- whenever spoke on politics, she used Hindi language and when she mentioned her government’s work, her language choice remained in Bangla.
The 66-year-old seasoned politician, also used many couplets in her speech, from Sarfaroshi Ki Tamanna Ab Hamare Dil Mei Hai, Dekhna Hai Zor Kitna Baju-e-Qatil Mei Hai (The desire for revolution is in our hearts, let’s see how to strengthen the enemy has) to Roshni Chand Se Hoti Hai, Sitaaron Se Nahi, Mohabbat Ek Se Hoti Hai Hazaron Se Nahi (Light comes from the moon, not from stars, Love happens with one, not with thousands), connecting it with people’s love for her party TMC and that it could not happen with CPIM, Congress and BJP.
Bengal CM mentioned her government’s work during pandemics and lockdown, while accusing the BJP of doing nothing.
“BJP has no humanity. They left migrant workers on road. They did not even bear the cost of train fare. We did. We paid train fares. We brought our people from buses,” she mentioned.
TMC chief continued and alleged, “BJP beats and kills people it does not save life.”
Before the TMC supremo’s speech, the party’s All India General Secretary and Diamond Harbour MP Abhishek Banerjee who was also present at the meeting had spoken at length and challenges BJP to stop him from going to Tripura, when he has been allegedly attacked by BJP cadres.
He had tweeted on Tripura CM’s controversial remarks demanding Supreme Court to take cognizance of Deb’s comments.
“@BjpBiplab is a DISGRACE to the entire nation! He shamelessly mocks Democracy, MOCKS the Hon’ble JUDICIARY and seemingly gets away with it! Will the SUPREME COURT take cognizance of his comments that reflect such grave disrespect? (sic)”.