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Mamata seeks help from Congress & Left to counter BJP

June 27, 2019 05:39 AM


Mamata seeks help from Congress & Left to counter BJP


Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday urged the Left and Congress to join her party against BJP’s bid to destroy the state’s “sanskriti ar sabhyata (culture and civilisation)”. Mamata clarified that she was not necessarily talking of a political coalition after her remarks in the assembly appeared to ruffle the opposition.

“It is unfortunate that a madrassa teacher was thrown off a train in the city (for allegedly refusing to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’). Do we need to change our surnames? I fear that BJP will change the Indian Constitution,” Banerjee said. “We need to come together at this juncture. The loot and arson in Bhatpara is ample evidence of what happens when people vote for BJP. They first attacked Bengalis and Muslims, and later drove a wedge between Hindi-speaking and non-Hindi speaking people.”

Left and Congress leaders said they would consider Mamata’s appeal only if she admitted that the ruling Trinamool Congress had paved the way for BJP’s entry into the state. “I am not talking of a political coalition,” the CM responded. She then reminded Left and Congress MLAs that 23 political parties had united against BJP in the general election.Trinamool won 22 seats with a little more than 43% of the vote share. BJP finished a close second with 18 seats and more than 40% of the vote share

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