Said she offered to resign as Bengal CM but party rejected | Also said BJP won by leveraging communal agenda
Mamata Banerjee’s TMC lost as many as 12 seats to BJP in the recently completed Lok Sabha election and also lost significant share in the State Assembly bypolls.
After yielding significant seat share to the BJP in the recently completed polling exercise; the TMC Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister is simmering with wraith towards BJP which made inroads into Bengal policy for the first time.
- WB CM Mamata Banerjee mentioned that she had offered to quit as the state CM at the TMC’s internal meet.
- In an emergency meeting at her residence, Mamata stated that she and her party TMC will not surrender to BJP’s increasing footprint like Congress.
- BJP made unprecedented gains in WB from two seats that it won in 2014 to eighteen seats in 2019.
- The regional heavyweight party faced similar fate in the simultaneously held bypoll on 8 state assembly seats where BJP won 4 and TMC had to make do with 3.
West Bengal CM and TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee said:
“At TMC’s internal meeting, I offered to quit as CM but party rejected; maybe I will continue.”
The veteran politician alleged that the prolonged run of the elections was a major hurdle in keeping the state machinery running. She said:
“For the last five months, we could not work due to such prolonged elections. Despite all the hurdles, out vote share increased. Nothing is unfair in love and war.”
Central forces favoured incumbent government?
Mamata Banerjee further accused BJP of controlling institutions, alleging that central forces worked against her party, culminating to BJP’s victory based on communal agenda. She also accused the Election Commission of being totally biased towards BJP. She further said:
“A total emergency situation was created in Bengal.”
Won’t accept communal politics in Bengal
Mamata took a dig at BJP and PM Modi saying she was surprised that BJP did not get all the 23 seats as Modi had claimed. She also said that although BJP had succeeded in the bygone polls, the TMC will not accept proliferation of communal politics in Bengal.
She further hinted at large amounts of money used by BJP in its campaign, alleging a ‘huge scam’. Mamata stated:
“Top IPS officers were shunted to facilitate the movement of money for BJP. I am a Hindu myself but I am against ultra-Hinduism,”
Indication of BJP rout in 2021 Assembly Elections?
If the results of the bypolls on 8 seats are any indication of the things to come, TMC has a gigantic problem at hand. BJP managed a vote share of 40.5 per cent to TMC’s 37 per cent.
This could spell more ill-fate for Banerjee’s party in the upcoming state elections.