West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday predicted that the Bharatiya Janata Party would not win even 70 seats in the state Assembly polls, dismissing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claim that the saffron party had already won 100 seats.
“Prime Minister Modi has said the BJP has already won 100 seats out of 135 seats where elections have been held. I can say that after the elections are over, BJP will not even get 70 out of the total 294 seats,” said Banerjee.
She was addressing at a rally in Jalpaiguri district’s Dabgram-Fulbari constituency.
The CM also said her party would not allow the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to be implemented in Bengal if voted to power.
“All of you are citizens,” she said.
Banerjee accused the saffron party of lying about an issue by saying different things at different places and provided the example of Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s comments on the NRC. She claimed Shah had said in Lebong in Darjeeling that NRC would not be implemented, but claimed that “14 lakh people” in Assam had been identified and sent to detention camps following the NRC process.
She added: “I am fighting those who have no culture, education, decency or courtesy.”
Taking a dig at the prime minister, the TMC chief said, “They do not know about Rabindranath [Tagore]. If you have a beard like Rabindranath, then you do not become Rabindranath.”