Kolkata: In the 2024 election (Lok Sabha), if the fight takes place on one-on-one (1:1) basis in 70 to 80 percent of the seats then BJP can be limited to 100 seats, claimed Trinamool Congress’s member of parliament Sudip Bandyopadhyay. There are a total 543 seats in the lower house of the Indian Parliament.
The five-time MP was speaking at a felicitation event organized by the Muslim Institute, Kolkata for the newly elected Rajya Sabha members of TMC and others who have been appointed as the heads of the Haj Committee and the West Bengal Minority Commission.
Among those felicitated were Samirul Islam for becoming a Rajya Sabha Member, Khalilur Rahman as the chairman of the Haj Committee and Ahmad Hasan Imran as Minority Commission chairman.
Samirul Islam (36) is one of the youngest Rajya Sabha members. Only Raghav Chaddha (35) of the Aam Aadmi party is younger than him. In his ten-minute-long discourse, the assistant professor-cum-social activist gave an inspiring speech about his modest background, journey as a social activist and the present scenario of India.
After the initial speech, the founder of Bangla Sanskriti Mancha warned and reminded the audience, “The situation has become such that wherever BJP has come into power, everything has become difficult, including offering namaz. When I went to Nuh, Haryana, a Muslim from Assam questioned us – has it become a crime to be a Muslim in India now.”
“The time has come to decide, do we want to live on the terms dictated by BJP or want to live freely as we used to live earlier,” he asked.
The leader of TMC members in Lok Sabha, Sudip in his speech also mentioned how they gave a united fight to BJP in both houses of parliament in the recent Monsoon session after the formation of INDIA- an alliance of 36 opposition parties in India.
The North Kolkata MP narrated in detail about the Monsoon session, “We were happy when Rahul Gandhi returned to Lok Sabha, whose membership was cancelled. And we also stand with everyone who was suspended during the parliament session. They also suspended Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury.”
“Being the opposition leader, I got the opportunity to sit just in front of PM Narendra Modi. We have not seen such a PM, as Manipur was burning and more than 150 people died but the PM did not speak. To make him speak, we have to bring a No Confidence Motion. We know that the Modi government has enough majority but to make him talk, we brought No Confidence,” Sudip said.
He mentioned, “This time we did good floor management. As Samirul bhai was saying, the BJP has divided India. Our country has become the largest populous country. People of every caste, creed and religion to live together. BJP has divided everyone in recent here. So, we want to tell the countrymen to bring whoever they want but do not bring BJP and Modi in power again,” he added.
On the occasion, Amiruddin Bobby and Iqbal Ahmed, ward councillors as well as Haj Committee members, Khwaja Jaweed Yusuf and Talay Masood Siddiqui, Additional Government Pleaders for the Government of West Bengal were also felicitated
Rajya Sabha Member and President of Muslim Institute Nadimul Haque presided over the felicitation event.