Mamata Banerjee Links Polls To BJP Plan

Mamata Banerjee has claimed that her party will win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Kolkata: 

In controversial remarks, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday appeared to suggest that the long-drawn Lok Sabha election process was intended to facilitate yet another “strike” as part of the BJP’s “gameplan to disturb” her state.

Ms Banerjee, also the state’s ruling Trinamool Congress chief, said the list of candidates of her party will be released on Tuesday.

“I have been informed by some senior journalists that there will be another strike. What strike I will not say. In the name of so called… so called… so called… in the month of April. That is why it (voting process) will continue till May 19.

“Please don’t misquote me. I have great respect for a constitutional body like the Election Commission. But it is a part of the BJP’s gameplan to disturb West Bengal,” she told a press conference.

With the TMC boss” comments being seen as an oblique reference to a likely military action by India, the BJP reacted quickly, dubbing her charge as “baseless”.

“She has the habit of levelling baseless accusations. She is given to kite-flying. If she has proof, she should make it public,” state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told PTI when reached for comments.

Ms Banerjee had accused the Centre of creating “war-like hysteria” in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack that left 40 CRPF personnel dead and the retaliatory air strike by the Indian Air Force on…

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