“We are supporting him because he had fought several (legal) cases on behalf of the state government. Singhvi and Kapil Sibal usually fights cases on our behalf. So, we are supporting the Congress candidate, as the CPM did not field a candidate from the state,” Mamata said.
Stating that if the BJP had targeted Bengal, her party was looking at the Lal Quila in 2019, Mamata Banerjee said, “I will ask them (BJP) to manage Delhi first and then think about Bengal.”
The four Trinamool candidates for the elections to the Upper House are — Nadimul Haque, who was renominated, Subhasish Chakraborty, Abir Biswas and Dr Santunu Sen.
Accusing BJP of enforcing a reign of terror in Tripura after coming to power, she said: “In democracy, power structures change. But that does not mean that you will torture your opposition or demolish statues after coming to power. BJP is showing its true colours.”
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On Monday, Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs met TMC Lok Sabha leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay in Parliament, seeking support in their demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.
“Some are saying that the BJP’s next target is Bengal. But for the sake of the country we have set our target on Delhi, on Lal Quila (Red Fort),” Mamata Banerjee said.
“I am sure they would try the same trick during Ram Navami. I do not need to see who is Hindu and who is Muslim. I am in favour of everyone. An offender is an offender,” Mamata Banerjee said.
On Saturday, BJP ended the 25-year-rule of CPM in Tripura in a landslide victory in the Assembly elections. Following the declaration of the results, TMC chief Banerjee blamed the Congress’s “failure” and CPM’s “surrender” for BJP’s win in Tripura.
She stated that had Congress got into a proposed electoral understanding with Trinamool Congress and other hill parties, BJP would not have won in the state.
Mukul Roy said that Mamata has forgotten she had once said that Buddhadeb’s “hands are filled with blood” after deaths in police firing in the Nandigram episode when the CPM leader helmed the state.
While the state describes it as a ‘routine transfer’, sources said it was the result of the incident that raised questions on the security of the chief minister.
Describing the districts bordering Bangladesh as “sensitive”, Mamata asked officials concerned to monitor the situation to stop infiltration.
Recently, there were allegations of bad quality rice being supplied under the scheme at some places and the state government claimed to have taken action in this regard.
Banerjee also announced formation of two new police districts — Basirhat and Barasat — in the district to intensify policing and ensuring quick intervention in case of law and order problems