Tearing into the BJP amid the political crisis in Rajasthan, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday accused it of “destabilising governments” in Opposition-ruled states and misusing central agencies to attain its objective. She said people are unable to speak due to the “reign of fear across the country”.
Addressing a virtual rally on Shahid Dibas — the Martyr’s Day marks the death of 13 people in police firing in 1993 – Banerjee said the BJP toppled the elected government in Madhya Pradesh and was now doing it in West Bengal and Rajasthan.
Setting the tone for the Assembly elections in the state next year, she said the BJP was “power hungry” but she and her party would not allow it to have its way.
“Trinamool Congress will form the government again. The next elections will show a new direction to the state as well as the country,” she said.
“If they are indulging in such cheap politics to take control of all states, then I would like to ask them, why hold elections? Let them bring a ‘kala kanoon’ (black law). Let there be President’s rule all over. Let them implement the formula of ‘One Nation, One Political Party’.”
“The BJP’s intention is dangerous as it is power hungry. They are not for the people, but for themselves. They don’t believe in freedom of each and every person, be it police, teachers, professors, farmers, migrant workers, students, journalists, etc… Don’t play with fire and if you think that you will scare me with agencies, then you are mistaken. I have fought my entire life and I would like to tell you that an injured tiger is more dangerous than a dead one. Let’s call for democratic ‘badla’ (revenge) to free Bengal from these conspirators,” she said.
She said the BJP has been humiliating her every day. “We will take revenge for this humiliation by winning the Assembly elections next year. Outsiders will not be allowed to run Bengal, we know how to rise to the cause. Do not think TMC is weak. Bengal will run by Bengalis,” she said.
“The Centre is conspiring against Bengal, saying there is violence every day. There are some people who don’t have any political experience. They speak of killing people and setting things ablaze,” she said.
“They are talking about law and order in Bengal. What happened in Uttar Pradesh? The police were killed in an encounter. Those who killed the police, they were also killed in an encounter because all evidence had to be eliminated,” she said.
“They are attacking artists, educationists. We have not forgotten the NRC or NPR fight. Because Covid is here, it does not mean we have forgotten CAA or NRC,” she said.
“How you killed people in Delhi and threw bodies in the drain. We will never forget,” she said.
“I would like to tell all my leaders and workers to pull up their socks to fight against the BJP’s conspiracy to divide people in the name of religion, caste and creed,” she said.
Banerjee also urged the youth to step forward and work to take over the reins of the party in the future. “I will not be there forever. Therefore, I would like to prepare a team of young people who will run my party in the future,” she said.
Next year, Mamata won’t be able to take oath as CM: BJP
Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Tuesday said Mamata Banerjee won’t be able to take oath as CM next year.
“This time, 95 per cent of her speech was directed towards targeting the BJP. This shows she is afraid of the party… Banerjee is saying all this out of depression. Next year, she won’t be able to take the oath as CM,” Ghosh said.
CPM’s Sujan Chakraborty accused Banerjee of “lies and deceit”.
Congress Lok Sabha leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Banerjee was responsible for the rise of the BJP in West Bengal. “The BJP in West Bengal is nothing but a party full of rejected TMC leaders,” he said. —ENS
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