Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday that if she did not win the Bhabanipur assembly by-poll, on September 30, someone else from her party would become the chief minister of West Bengal.
While addressing her first election meeting for Bhabanipur by-poll campaign in the Ekbalpore area, in South Kolkata Mamata Banerjee said that “Cast your vote even if it rains. I will suffer if I don’t get even one vote. Don’t be complacent and assume that my victory is ensured. Please don’t do that. If you want to see me as a chief minister you must vote for me. Every vote is crucial. If I do not win, someone else will become the chief minister since we are in the majority,” She further added that “I contested from Nandigram but there was a conspiracy to defeat me. The matter is being heard by the court. It is destiny that I am contesting from Bhabanipur again to become chief minister.”
While referring to the prohibitory orders that the Biplab Deb government has imposed in Tripura till November, citing the COVID-19 pandemic, she stated, “The BJP is a party of liars. They allege that Bengalis are not allowed to perform Durga Puja and Kali Puja. People from all communities freely practice their religions here whereas in Tripura the government has imposed Section 144 (CrPC). How can Tripura residents perform Durga Puja?”
Bhabanipur witnessed a flurry of activities on Wednesday as Banerjee, Adhikari, Union petroleum minister Hardeep Singh Puri, Rajya Sabha member Swapan Dasgupta and Bengal BJP’s new president Sukanta Majumdar campaigned in different parts of the constituency. Majumdar entered into an altercation with the police when he and the BJP workers were stopped from visiting homes of voters at Harish Chatterjee Street, where the chief minister lives. The area is marked as a high-security zone.
Akash Magharia, the deputy commissioner of police (south), who stopped the BJP team, said, “There are restrictions in this zone. Moreover, we could not allow so many people in view of the pandemic. Nobody could show vaccination certificates.”