Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chairperson Mamata Banerjee kickstarted her poll campaign on Wednesday for the upcoming Bhabanipur bye-election from where Banerjee is a contender. Banerjee announced that she will be filing her nomination on September 10.
Banerjee said that she was defeated in the Nandigram Assembly constituency due to the conspiracy hatched by the BJP.
“I have to again contest by-poll due to the conspiracy hatched by BJP, I have filed a case in court but without evidence no case is accepted. Yes, I had gone to fight as the whole of Bengal is mine. They had requested me I had and still have sentiments,” she said addressing the party supporters at the workers convention at Chetla,
Banerjee also lashed out at the Narendra Modi-led Central government and accused it of indulging in vendetta politics and using agencies against those who are raising questions on its governance.
Further hitting out at the BJP, the Trinamool Congress supremo said just after the by-poll dates were announced, TMC leaders are being summoned by central agencies like the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). ”They cannot fight politically. Just to hurt me they without evidence harassing Abhishek,” she said.
“After interrogation of 9 hours, they are saying come again tomorrow. Teh central agencies called our leaders for questioning as soon as the elections were announced. Abhishek and Partho got the notice immediately after the bye-elections were announced. And that person whose name is there in the Narada case no action against him, Banerjee alleged.
Notably, the TMC Supremo will have to get elected to the Assembly within six months of the Assembly elections to retain the top post.
Meanwhile, while the BJP is yet to announce their candidates, the Congress has announced to not field its candidate against Mamata Banerjee in Bhabanipur by-poll, while the Left Front Committee announced that CPI(M)’s Srijib Biswas will be their candidate for the upcoming by-poll against the CM.
Banerjee also attacked the BJP for doing politics with Durga Puja, “BJPs has complained about the puja meeting that I went to yesterday. If they are tigers I am wild boar.
“It was an ongoing project the CS can announce that. How will they know, they say we don’t allow to perform Durga puja, Laxmi puja Saraswati puja but when we try to help they complain,” the TMC supremo said.
Banerjee said that religious celebrations were for everyone.
Banerjee warmed her party workers not to fall into any conspiracy and to keep their calm.
On the other hand, according to sources Central forces will be sent for the by-poll in Bhawanipore and elections in Samshergunj and Jangipur.
In addition, two special observers are set to arrive in the state by September 13.