Defeat BJP in Bengal for the interest of the country, says Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Emphasising that it was necessary to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in West Bengal in the 2021 Assembly polls for the interest of the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dared the BJP to put her behind bars.


“It is for the interest of the country that the BJP needs to be defeated in Bengal. Once it is defeated in Bengal in 2021, we can push them out of power in the country,” Ms. Banerjee said, addressing a public rally in Bankura district.


“Whenever election is round the corner, they try to threaten Trinamool Congress. I dare you put me behind bars and I will win from there also,” Ms. Banerjee said.


Referring to the recent Bihar polls, the Chief Minister alleged that the victory for the BJP and its allies had come with a “huge manipulation”.


The Chief Minister also raked up the outsider-insider debate. “Some outsiders are coming here to show Delhi ka ladoo. You won’t find them when you are in need, but they come during the elections. They are not people from Bengal and will loot you of everything,” she said.


“They want to win Bengal by using money… Before elections money will come to your account. Take the money but do not vote for them,” she said.


Ms. Banerjee said that workers of her party were selfless people and urged the party’s student wing and youth wing to work tirelessly for six months before the State went to polls.


The Chief Minister gave a clear message to dissenters and said that she was keeping a watch on those who were in touch with other parties, particularly the BJP. “If it not that Didi is not aware, I am keeping a watch but not acting as because of you we are getting information about what is happening on the other side,” she said. There was no chance that the BJP would win, she said.

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