West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the BJP of engineering communal strife within the state to win the meeting elections.
The TMC chief, whereas addressing an election rally in Raidighi in South 24 Parganas district, additionally known as upon Muslims to not “fall within the entice of a BJP-aided social gathering from Hyderabad and its Bengal ally which are out to polarise votes.”
Her jibe was apparently geared toward Asaduddin Owaisi-led AIMIM and Abbas Siddiqui’s ISF. Each Owaisi and Siddiqui had earlier denied the TMC’s insinuations. The ISF is preventing the elections in alliance with the CPI(M) and the Congress.
The TMC supremo additionally urged Hindus to be on the guard towards the BJP’s makes an attempt to “instigate communal clashes” and known as upon them to ward off outsiders despatched to foment hassle of their respective localities.
Affirming her Hindu id, in an obvious try to counter the minority appeasement cost towards her, Banerjee mentioned, “I’m a religious Hindu who recites Chandi mantra on daily basis earlier than leaving house. However I consider in our custom of giving respect to each faith.”
Taking a dig at BJP leaders having lunch at homes of Dalits, she mentioned, “I’m a Brahmin girl. However my all-time affiliate is a Scheduled Caste girl who takes care of all my wants. She additionally cooks meals for me.”
“I needn’t promote this as these bringing five-star lodge lunch to eat on the courtyard of a Dalit house are anti-Dalit, anti-backward caste and anti-minority in nature,” she mentioned.
The TMC chief claimed that if elected to energy in West Bengal, the BJP will implement the Citizenship (Modification) Act and the Nationwide Register of Residents (NRC), forcing “many voters to depart”.
“They are going to divide West Bengal and its individuals. Keep in mind how they deleted the names of 14 lakh Bengalis and a pair of lakh Biharis within the up to date NRC in Assam,” she mentioned.
Banerjee alleged that central forces are terrorising individuals at each house 48 hours earlier than polling, asking them to vote for the BJP.
“Don’t be intimidated. Moms and sisters problem them. We have now no issues if the forces act impartially to make sure free and honest elections but when they act on behalf of a specific political social gathering, we are going to protest,” she mentioned,
The chief minister, who’s contesting her former lieutenant and BJP candidate Suvendu Adhikari in Nandigram, alleged that there have been makes an attempt by “outsiders” to rig the elections within the constituency in Purba Medinipur district.
“There have been makes an attempt by outsiders to rig the elections in Nandigram by visiting each home earlier than polling. Nonetheless, I’ll win handsomely from the seat. One native goon was accompanied by outsider goons in Nandigram. That is their sample,” she mentioned.
Taking a dig at TMC turncoats, she mentioned sitting Raidighi MLA and actor Debasree Roy joined the BJP after not getting a celebration ticket from the seat. “We don’t contain such opportunists in our social gathering,” she mentioned.
Noting that the TMC is preventing the elections on the event plank, she mentioned, “There was infrastructural improvement in Sunderbans. The state authorities has taken an initiative to supply egg meal at Rs 5 and girls concerned in SHGs within the area are concerned in it.”