West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday called the BJP a “twinning party” and said she would not let the Center “divide the country” and “turn India into a Taliban”.
She further accused the BJP of lying by saying that the West Bengal congressional-led government in Trinamool did not allow Durga puja and Laxmi puja celebrations in the state.
Addressing a public rally in Bhabanipur, the Trinamool supremo said, “The BJP is a ‘jumla’ party. They are lying by saying that we do not allow Durga puja and Laxmi puja in the state. ) Amit Shah Ji, we will not let you turn India into a Taliban. India will remain united … Gandhi Ji, Netaji, (Swami) Vivekananda, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Guru Nanak Ji, Gautam Budhha, Jains … stay together in the country. We will not let anyone divide India.
Speaking of the development work carried out by the government of West Bengal in the assembly constituency ahead of the election, the chief minister said: “When it rains for several days in a row, the Ganges overflows, all the rivers overflow. To solve the flooding problem, I had a check dam built here. You see we have built such a good hospital here and established its communication with the PG hospital. The patients of this hospital are looked after by the doctors of the PG hospital. It is a matter of pride for your region. “
She further stated: “I am telling Bobby (Minister of State Firhad Hakim) to tell me what facilities are needed in this area. I am ready to make all these facilities available here. But for that I should know what is necessary. “
The Trinamool supremo alleged that the BJP undertook “appalling” activities to defeat it in Nandigram during the recent West Bengal assembly elections.
She said her election as chief minister each time in Bhabanipur was “taqdeer ka khela (game of fate) “.
“The day I started my political career, I participated in the Lok Sabha elections seven times, in all these elections, you supported me. When I became Chief Minister, it could have happened because you supported me. Also in 2016, when I became Chief Minister, this also happened because you voted for me. In 2011, I polled, you voted for me. Now, in 2021, I was asked to participate in Nandigram because of the farmers’ protest, ”said the Chief Minister.
“When you find out how they (BJP) defeated us there, then you’ll be afraid. They did what was not against us. taqdeer ka khela, that if Mamata Banerjee becomes the chief minister, then he should come from Bhabanipur, ”she added.
The assembly seat in Bhabanipur was vacated by West Bengal Agriculture Minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay in May, leaving room for Ms. Banerjee to challenge from the seat.
On September 10, India’s Election Commission announced the schedule for side polls to be held in the state, according to which the by-election in Bhabanipur will take place on September 30. The counting of the votes will take place on October 3.