West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that despite the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) recent victories in the assembly elections in four states, it may not be easy for the BJP to win the upcoming presidential election as it does not have the total number of MLAs in the country. Not even half of the number.
Emphasizing that the “game is not over yet”, Banerjee said those who do not have even half of the total number of MLAs in the country should not talk big as parties like the Samajwadi Party despite their defeat in the assembly elections. Stronger than last time.
Presidential election will not be easy for BJP
Banerjee said in the assembly that this time the presidential election will not be so easy for the BJP. They do not even have half of the total MLAs of the country. Opposition parties have far more MLAs across the country. He said that the game is not over yet. Even parties like Samajwadi Party, which lost the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, have more MLAs than last time.
Presidential election is conducted indirectly through an electoral college consisting of elected members of Parliament and members of the Legislative Assemblies of States and Union Territories. The number and value of votes of each voter in the state legislatures is calculated by a formula that takes into account the population of the state in 1971.
Banerjee accused of tapping the phone
Criticizing the BJP-led government at the Center over the Pegasus issue, Banerjee claimed that her phone was also being tapped and she too had received an offer to buy spyware but she rejected it.
The Chief Minister said that my phone is being tapped. If we talk about anything, they will know. Three years ago I also got an offer to buy Pegasus. But I didn’t buy it. I do not believe in intruding on privacy and curbing freedom of expression. But many BJP ruled states had bought Pegasus.
Mamata condemns killing of TMC councilors
Banerjee, who is trying to form an anti-BJP front to take on the BJP camp in the next Lok Sabha elections, said the country is preparing to fight the ruling party at the Centre. Speaking on the budget discussion, TMC chief Banerjee lauded the state police for maintaining law and order in the state and dismissed allegations of political violence as “rumours spread by the opposition”.
Condemning the recent killings of two Congress and Trinamool Congress councilors, Banerjee said the police were probing the cases and strict action would be taken without considering the political affiliations of the culprits.
Criticism for use of central investigative agency
The TMC chief criticized the BJP-led government at the Center for “using” central agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to target opposition leaders. Opposition BJP staged a walkout during Banerjee’s speech after legislators of the opposition and the ruling party raised slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” and “Jai Bangla” respectively.