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Mamata Banerjee: TMC by-poll mandate in favour of secularism and against the NRC

At the press conference, Banerjee said the BJP is losing people’s support barely five to six months after returning to power at the Centre

Kolkata: After securing three seats in by-polls with a thumping majority, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday advised the BJP to work for the people and not against their sentiments, saying that India is passing through a “super emergency”.

“Today’s by-poll results are the people’s mandate against the BJP in West Bengal,” she said at a press conference. “I would like to tell the BJP that do what the people like and don’t do what the people don’t like.”

Banerjee said the Trinamool Congress’s victory was in favour of secularism and unity, and a “mandate against the NRC”.

The TMC supremo said the BJP is getting paid back for its “arrogance” and for “insulting” the people of the state.

The TMC in West Bengal, the party bagged all the three assembly seats where by-polls were held on November 25 by trouncing the BJP. The TMC won the Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur by-polls. The BJP emerged in the second position in all the three seats.

“Our party dedicate this victory to the people of Bengal. This is a victory in favour of secularism and unity and is a mandate against the NRC. The BJP is getting paid back for its arrogance of power and for insulting the people of West Bengal,” she said.

Banerjee said “The mandate is against the politics of arrogance and people have rejected the BJP. They wanted to turn legal citizens of the country into refugees and send them to detention centres,”.

At the press conference, Banerjee said the BJP is losing people’s support barely five to six months after returning to power at the Centre.

“People are not supporting BJP within five-six months. After seeing the economic slowdown, unemployment scenario and also because of the disinvestment policies. No one is happy,” she said.

Banerjee said the NRC is the BJP’s political stand and her government will not allow its implementation in West Bengal. “Our government won’t allow the implementation of the NRC in West Bengal and do not want it anywhere in the country. The BJP is trying to divide Bengal into pieces. We assure that not a single citizens will be driven out of the state because of NRC,”.

Banerjee said she will appeal to BJP leaders not to take hasty decisions based on its “political choice”. She also claimed that the CPI(M) and the Congress, instead of trying to strengthen themselves, are helping the BJP in the state.

Criticising the Centre for failing to generate employment and pursuing politics over religion, Banerjee said the results of the elections in Maharashtra and Haryana, where the BJP failed to get the majority, and Thursday’s assembly by-polls outcome was a reflection of “people’s anger” against the party.

“The countdown has started. They are not interested in generating employment or development. They are more interested in dividing people over religion and threatening others,” she said.

The BJP should not be under the impression that people will accept their “bullish tactics” of forming governments in states despite not having the majority, she added.

On the Maharashtra political development, Banerjee expressed happiness that the ShivSena, the Congress and NCP united to form the government. “I unable to attend the swearing-in ceremony, but my best wishes are with them,”.

Especially in the BJP strongholds of Kaliaganj and Kharagpur-Sadar, pose a strong challenge to the saffron party in the run-up to the 2021 assembly polls since it had won the corresponding Lok Sabha segments, Raiganj and Medinipur, in the May general elections. This is also TMC’s first-ever win in Kaliaganj and in Kharagpur Sadar.

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