Trinamool Congress chief Dinesh Trivedi set tongues wagging yesterday after he resigned from the Rajya Sabha – claiming disillusionment – and refused to rule out a change to rivals BJP; “if I be part of BJP nothing fallacious in it,” he mentioned, triggering hypothesis that he’s, in reality, set to affix an extended checklist of high-profile names from Bengal’s ruling celebration to cross the aisle within the construct as much as Meeting elections.
On Saturday Trinamool MP Abhishek Banerjee responded to his potential departure with a pithy comment: “Trivedi was saying he was feeling suffocated… let him go and get admitted to BJP’s ICU.”
Mr Banerjee, who’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, and whose place and affect throughout the celebration upset a few of those that have stop – together with former Nandigram MLA Suvendu Adhikari – additionally rubbished speak Mamata Banerjee would battle to be re-elected.
“West Bengal will elect Mamata Banerjee as Chief Minister for a 3rd time and the Trinamool will keep in energy for 50 years,” he informed voters in South 24 Paraganas district, as he predicted the celebration will win 250+ of the 294 seats and that the BJP will battle to cross double digits.
Mr Banerjee’s (some would possibly say optimistic) prediction was a direct response to Residence Minister Amit Shah’s declare that the BJP will win 200+ seats. Mr Shah made that declare in November final year, and reminded doubters that he had made (and secured) equally bold claims within the 2019 election.
Mr Banerjee additionally took on the BJP over the controversial “Jai Shri Ram” slogan that, he mentioned, was utilized by the opposition as a result of it had no growth agenda.
He pointed to the incident at Kolkata’s Victoria Memorial final month, by which Ms Banerjee was met with “Jai Shri Ram” chants at an occasion to honour Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 124th beginning anniversary.
Mr Banerjee additionally attacked the BJP as a “bunch of outsiders” who’re unaware of the state’s tradition and are spreading pretend news to confuse voters.
He refuted claims by the centre – repeated in parliament as we speak by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman – that Bengal farmers had been disadvantaged of economic help from the central authorities.
“BJP ought to first consider Gujarat, UP and different states. No want to fret about Bengal. Outsiders won’t rule Bengal,” Mr Banerjee mentioned.
With enter from PTI