"I Salute Him": Mamata Banerjee's Praise For Official Who Quit Poll Body

“I Salute Him”: Mamata Banerjee’s Reward For Official Who Stop Ballot Physique

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The TMC will paved the way for all the nation in defeating the BJP, she claimed (File)

Kolkata:

TMC chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asserted that her celebration, a accomplice of the opposition bloc INDIA on the nationwide stage, will contest the Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal and asserted that her celebration will confront not solely the BJP but additionally the CPI (M) and Congress within the state.

Addressing an enormous gathering on the Brigade Parade Grounds in Kolkata, the place the Trinamool Congress (TMC) unveiled its candidate lineup for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Ms Banerjee praised the just lately resigned Election Commissioner Arun Goel for “not succumbing” to what she described as BJP’s makes an attempt at coercion.

The chief minister mentioned, “I’ll by no means enable opening of detention camps and implementation of the NRC in West Bengal.” The TMC will paved the way for all the nation in defeating the BJP, she claimed.

“We are going to contest the Lok Sabha polls in Bengal alone and can combat in opposition to the Congress, BJP, and the CPI(M). We may even contest elections in Assam and Meghalaya. We’re in talks with Akhilesh Yadav (of SP) for contesting one Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh,” she acknowledged throughout the ‘Jana Garjan Sabha’.

In January, Ms Banerjee had declared that her celebration would contest the Lok Sabha elections in Bengal independently, rebuffing efforts by Congress management to barter a seat-sharing settlement.

The choice by Trinamool Congress to go solo in Bengal has set the stage for a three-way electoral battle, with TMC and BJP poised to vie for voter assist.

The Congress-Left alliance, because the third contender, holds the potential to impression the votes of each TMC and BJP, particularly in minority-dominated areas and constituencies with slender margins.

Ms Banerjee interpreted Mr Goel’s sudden resignation as proof of BJP’s try to govern the elections.

“I salute Arun Goel for not succumbing to stress by Delhi leaders (of BJP) and his high bosses in reference to the West Bengal LS polls and the deployment of forces. It’s confirmed that what they (the BJP-led NDA authorities) wish to do within the title of the election. They wish to loot votes,” she remarked.

Election Commissioner Arun Goel resigned on Saturday, days earlier than the anticipated announcement of the schedule for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

His tenure was until December 5, 2027, and he would have grow to be Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) after incumbent Rajiv Kumar retired in February subsequent 12 months.

Hitting out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his allegations that central funds are being siphoned off in West Bengal, the TMC supremo mentioned, “The PM should cross-check information with officers earlier than making baseless allegations in opposition to Bengal.” 

“We have now constructed homes from funds. He’s solely inaugurating initiatives in Bengal however not releasing funds for the state. That is his assure. He has made all false guarantees,” she mentioned.

Persevering with her criticism of the Centre over fund withholding, Ms Banerjee highlighted the delay in disbursing wages underneath the MGNREGA scheme.

“The 59 lakh job card holders from Bengal weren’t paid their MGNREGA wages after working for 2 years. It’s the TMC authorities who had paid the wages from the state treasury,” she asserted.

Mocking BJP’s “Modi ki Assure” marketing campaign, Ms Banerjee questioned its efficacy, significantly concerning the fluctuation in LPG costs.

“What assure are they giving? There isn’t a worth in your assure, which led to a rise in LPG cooking gasoline. Forward of elections, they scale back costs by Rs 100 after which after polls, improve it by Rs 1000,” she ridiculed.

She was referring to the Centre’s determination to scale back LPG costs by Rs 100 on the event of Worldwide Ladies’s Day.

“They’ve earned Rs 70,000 crore by way of a rise in cooking gasoline costs. Did not they consider the poor? The place was the assure then? MGNREGA is a constitutional assure however they’ve declined it too,” she mentioned.

The Trinamool Congress on Sunday launched its Lok Sabha ballot marketing campaign with a grand rally at Kolkata’s famed Brigade Parade Grounds.

The TMC launched its candidate roster for all 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, ushering a significant overhaul by dropping seven incumbent MPs and introducing quite a few new faces, together with former cricketer Yusuf Pathan.

The Trinamool Congress maintained a harmonious mix of skilled leaders and contemporary expertise, amid the alleged energy tussle between the previous guards and the next-gen leaders.

(Aside from the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV workers and is revealed from a syndicated feed.)

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