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Lok Sabha 2024: Mahua Moitra Confident In Securing Krishnanagar Seat

TMC leader Mahua Moitra, In an interview with PTI, expressed confidence in securing her Krishnanagar Lok Sabha seat with a bigger margin in the upcoming elections. She asserted that her victory would be a resounding response to what she perceives as a conspiracy to expel her from the Lok Sabha in cash for a query case last year.

Earlier last month, Moitra, who was re-nominated by the TMC from the same Krishnanagar seat after her expulsion, accused the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) of acting as “political agents of the saffron camp.”

Moitra expressed concerns about the Election Commission’s independence, noting that commissioners are handpicked by a selection committee of which the Centre holds a two-thirds majority. Confident in her connection with the people of Krishnanagar, Moitra anticipates victory, emphasizing that the election mode is non-existent in the region due to her longstanding presence and rapport with the constituents. The 49-year-old politician had won by a significant margin in the 2019 elections, securing 45 % of the total
votes polled.

Moitra, known for her outspokenness and fiery debates in the Lok Sabha, was expelled from the Lower House in December last year after a parliamentary Ethics Committee’s report held her accountable for accepting gifts and illegal gratification.

Referring to the BJP, Moitra alleges attempts to undermine democracy in the country; she said, “The BJP is sounding the death knell for India as a constitutional democracy… But India is too great a nation to be destroyed by these fascist thugs.”

In a response to questions regarding her credibility amidst allegations propagated by the BJP, TMC leader Mahua Moitra reaffirmed her connection to her constituency, Krishnanagar, stating, “This is my Karmabhoomi and my Dharmabhoomi. My people will back me 100 %.”

Despite the cash-for-query controversy that ended her first term as a parliamentarian, Moitra’s stature within the party has only grown, with staunch support from the TMC leadership and the entire opposition. Addressing the ongoing investigations by the CBI and the Enforcement Directorate, Moitra accused these agencies of being partisan extensions of the BJP.

The CBI’s raid on her property on 23rd March, prompted by allegations from BJP MP Nishikant Dubey, and the ED’s fresh summons regarding a case involving FEMA contravention have further embroiled Moitra in

Moitra’s recent complaint to the Election Commission alleges that the BJP is leveraging these agencies to disrupt her campaign and tarnish her image ahead of the elections. However, she expresses scepticism about the EC taking any decisive action, criticizing its perceived lack of independence due to the appointment process of commissioners.

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As an opposition leader, Moitra affirms her commitment to challenging the saffron party on policy issues if re-elected. Moitra has been vocal in questioning the Centre’s involvement in private conglomerate asset expansion and has initiated legal challenges against various policies of the Narendra Modi government.

In response to inquiries about the feasibility of defeating the BJP-led NDA, TMC leader Mahua Moitra expressed unwavering faith in the electorate, stating, “The people are the ultimate decision-makers. I have faith in the people. It may be delayed, but it will happen.”

Discussing the potential impact of the implementation of CAA rules in her constituency, Moitra emphasized that the Matua population, though significant in neighbouring Ranaghat, constitutes only a small percentage in Krishnanagar. She highlighted the All India Matua Mahasangha directive advising its members to refrain from submitting citizenship applications due to a lack of necessary documentation.

Regarding her opponent from the saffron camp, ‘Rajmata’ Amrita Roy of the Krishnanagar Royal family, She said, “My fight is against the BJP symbol. I am least bothered about who they have put up. June 4 will show the results.”

As the electoral battle intensifies, Moitra’s confidence in the electorate’s decision-making power and her focus on challenging the BJP’s ideology remains central to her campaign strategy.

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