Addressing a TMC rally on the occasion of International Women’s Day in Kolkata, Mamata said the fight in the upcoming state elections is between her and the BJP in all 294 constituencies. She asserted that she will retain power in West Bengal.
“The Prime Minister has named a stadium after him. He has put his photographs on Covid-19 vaccination certificates. A day will come when the country will be named after him,” the TMC supremo said.
Actresses and now TMC candidates June Maliya, Saayoni Ghosh and Sayantika Banerjee also took part in the rally.
Rejecting PM Modi’s claim that women do not feel safe in Bengal, the chief minister said, “had there been no safety, women in Bengal would not have been able to move around freely at night.”
“Modi-Shah’s ‘model state’ Gujarat has witnessed four rapes, two killings every day in the last two years,” she added.
Last week, Mamata Banerjee took up BJP’s challenge, deciding to contest from only Nandigram in the assembly polls. Mamata was one of the 291 candidates whose names were announced by the Trinamool on Friday; the party left three seats — Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseong — to its Hills allies.
Earlier, Trinamool Congress had launched its poll slogan ‘Bangla Nijer Meyekei Chay’ (Bengal only wants its own daughter).
West Bengal Assembly elections will be held in eight phases starting from March 27 with the final round of voting taking place on April 29. The counting of votes will take place on May 2. West Bengal is likely to witness a triangular contest this time with TMC, Congress-Left alliance and the BJP in the fray.
(With agency inputs)
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