Congress and CPI(M) have fought against us traditionally. We have ideological differences. But at the national level, there can be an understanding: Mamata Banerjee
S Moin / Kolkata
The Trinamool Congress today released a list of party candidates for all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal. Releasing the list, TMC President and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that 10 sitting MPs have been dropped this time.
They include party’s State President Subrata Bakshi, Actress Sandhya Roy and noted Educationist Prof. Sugata Basu.
17 new faces have been inducted in the candidates’ list.
“We are committed to maintaining the communal harmony and unity of the country,” said Mamata Banerjee at the press conference:
About Modi government, she said: “The government has failed in the last five years. Employment has increased, farmers are committing suicide. Farmers, Adivasis, Dalits, women are being persecuted. The youth are being harassed and neglected Institutions have been politicised. An atmosphere of fear has been created”.
She said that an undeclared emergency is worse than a declared emergency. The Constitution has been destroyed for political reasons. Seeds of division and hatred are being sown. People are being discriminated against.
she said that Gau-raksha and lynching syndicates have been created in the country. They should feel ashamed. Crores of rupees are being spent to spread fake news. Media is not being allowed to function. The situation in the country is unprecedented. This is a challenging election.
RBI had not given a go-ahead to demonetisation. I was the first one to call it a disaster. People want answers
Highlights of what Mamata Banerjee’ said at press conference:
-In the name of strikes, extremism is being promoted with ulterior political motives.
-Why did so many jawans die in Pulwama? Why did Uri and Pathankot attacks take place? Terrorism has increased 260%, although they claimed demonetisation will put an end to terrorism?
-We should ensure that VIPs don’t bring money through chartered flights and helicopters to purchase the voters.
-About 41% candidates this time are women. In 2014, we had 35% women MPs.
-Why is BJP so scared that they have had to space out the vote in Bengal?
-We have no understanding as yet (for alliance) but our doors are open for any one against the BJP. We will back the regional parties in other States against the BJP
-19 May, 2019 will be the end of Modi’s rule. A person who has instilled a sense of fear among the people must go. This is our challenge
Congress and CPI(M) have fought against us traditionally. We have ideological differences. But at the national level, there can be an understanding.
-The BJP is asking other parties to loan them candidates
-We have to take care of all communities, all castes, all religions. It can be done. Our first priority would be jobs, growth, and peace
-BJP has a lot of money – we have limits in advertising, travel, meetings. They have money from foreign countries, we don’t. Since 1995, we have been fighting for electoral reforms.