New Delhi: A day after Assembly elections results for five states were announced, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday, March 11, called on Congress for an Opposition alliance to counter BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha Election.
“If Congress wants, we all can fight (2024 general elections) together. Do not be aggressive for now, be positive. This winning (assembly polls in four states) will be a big loss for BJP. This (2022 election results will decide the fate of 2024 polls) is impractical,” said Banerjee.
“All political polities that want to fight BJP should walk together. Congress is losing their credibility, can’t depend on Congress,” she added.
Regarding her party’s performance in Goa, the TMC chief said that it was “enough”.
“TMC got 6% votes in Goa within three months of the party’s launch there. It is enough,” said Banerjee.
Further, she termed the BJP’s victory in assembly elections in four states as “not a true reflection of people’s mandate” and accused the saffron camp of looting votes by using the election machinery.
“There was loot and malpractices of EVM. Samajwadi Party’s Chief Akhilesh Yadav should not be disheartened and should seek forensic tests of the same EVM machines. Akhilesh Yadav’s vote percentage increased from 20% to 37% this time,” said Banerjee.
CM Banerjee also rejected the views of a section of BJP leaders who claimed that the victory in the four states reflects people’s mood for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
“The BJP should stop daydreaming,” she said.
Addressing BJP workers at the party headquarters in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had stated on Thursday that ‘the 2022 verdict decided the outcome of 2024.’
“After the 2019 polls, some political pundits had said that the 2017 poll results had decided the 2019 outcome. I think they will say that the 2022 poll verdict decided the outcome of 2024 elections,” PM Modi said.
The BJP on Thursday stormed back to power in Uttar Pradesh, and also retained Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, while Arvind Kejriwal’s AAP scripted a stellar victory in Punjab, winning a three-fourth majority pulverising its rivals.