Mamata: Polls will sound death knells for BJP
By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Mar 13, 2019, 02:37 PM
In a scathing attack on the incumbent government, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, at a press conference, after announcing the list of candidates from his party for all 42 constituencies in the West Bengal in five phases in the upcoming general elections, said that the polls would “sound the death knells”, for the right-wing ruling party and free people from the “reign of fear” which has been in action since the past five years.
Not stopping short of accusing anyone, the West Bengal Chief Minister said that the Election Commission was pressurised by the Bharatiya Janata Party to equip the Prime Minister to continue his large-scale campaign across the country. Expressing harsh disdain, she skeptically wondered if it was a mere coincidence that one of the constituencies to undergo voting in the last phase on May 19 was Varanasi, which the PM represents in the current 16th Lok Sabha, and is going to fight from this time too. She went on to say that the BJP believes the EC “belongs to them only”, as the constitutional body has not yet removed the advertisements of Modi in cinema halls, which should be done in line with the the Model Code of Conduct which has been implemented since the announcement of the Election Schedule.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi, with whom news agencies reported TMC would ally, had supported claims on N Ram, chairman of The Hindu publishing group, who had published an article accusing the Defence Ministry of being involved in a 30,000 crore rupees scam in the Rafale jet deal. Banerjee, at the press conference, backed Gandhi’s allegations and blamed the BJP for “threatening journalists like N Ram for speaking out the truth”.
Going back three years, when the Modi government had banned the use of 500 and 1000 rupee notes from the country, in the demonetisation move, Banerjee reminded the people of how the government had dismissed the advice of the Reserve Bank of India who had warned the government of the short-term negative impact on the economy, in a meeting a few hours before the demonetisation announcement, the details of which were disclosed later.
She also claimed she had information that the helicopters and chartered flights being used by “VVIPs” to bribe the people, ahead of the polls.
After being labelled “pro-Pakistan” by BJP leaders for her remarks where she raised concerns about the evidence of the Balakot airstrike by the IAF, Banerjee said that the government formed of parties apart from the BJP would not only abolish the pest of unemployment, but also bring about peace in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, where a large number of local youths have joined terrorists in the past couple of years, and provide them “freedom from the pervasive atmosphere of fear”.
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