Amartya Sen said, “The DMK is an important party, Banerjee’s TMC is certainly important, and the Samajwadi Party has some standing”
New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee can be the next Prime Minister of India according to Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. He further added that regional parties will hold the key if the ruling BJP is to be defeated in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
While giving an interview to PTI he said, “It’s not that she does not have the ability to do it. She clearly has the ability. On the other hand, it’s yet not established that Mamata can pull the forces of public dismay against the BJP in an integrated way to make it possible for her to have the leadership to put an end to the fractionalisation in India,.”
He accused BJP of narrowing India’s understanding as just Hindu India. “The BJP has narrowed the understanding of India as just Hindu India and as a Hindi-speaking India in such a strong way that it would be sad if there is no alternative to the BJP in the country today,” Amartya Sen said.
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He also added that if the party is powerful enough, it has a good deal of weakness too.
Sen said regional parties will have a very important role to play. He said, “The DMK is an important party, Banerjee’s TMC is certainly important, and the Samajwadi Party has some standing but whether that could be extended I do not know. But, I do not know enough to be able to dismiss the anti-BJP parties together.”
Amartya Sen believes Congress is weakened but that’s the only party that can provide all India-Vision.
These remarks from Amartya Sen come at a time when the next general elections are almost 15 months away. Including BJP-ruled Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, and the Congress-ruled Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan, total nine states will undergo elections.
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