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INTERVIEW| TMC fights for its existence; Bengal will be the best performing state for the BJP, claims PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during an interview with ANI on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during an interview with ANI on Tuesday. Photo | ANI

NEW DELHI: With just a few days to go before the Lok Sabha election process ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed confidence that the BJP will emerge as the biggest winner in West Bengal.

He said the Lok Sabha elections in the state are “one-sided” and Trinamool Congress leaders are “frustrated”.

In an exclusive interview with ANIPrime Minister Modi spoke about his party’s performance in West Bengal in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections and said the party will achieve maximum success in the state.

“In the elections in Bengal, the TMC party is fighting for existence. You probably saw it in the last parliamentary elections, we had three seats. The population of Bengal took us from three to eighty. We got a lot of support in the Lok Sabha in the last elections. This time, West Bengal will be the best performing state in India. The BJP has achieved the most success in West Bengal.

In 2019, the BJP made a strong inroads into the TMC stronghold in West Bengal by winning 18 seats and coming a close second to the ruling party in the state, which won 22 seats.

The Prime Minister also alleged that these elections in West Bengal are one-sided with the public supporting the BJP, creating panic in the Trinamool Congress government.

“There are constant murders and attacks. The BJP workers are being locked up in jails before the elections. Despite all these atrocities, the public is coming out in large numbers to vote,” PM Modi added.

Prime Minister Modi also attacked the Trinamool Congress over the Calcutta High Court’s decision to cancel all OBC certificates issued in West Bengal after 2010. He also lambasted Congress, accusing it of making religion-based reservations, which are not allowed in the Constitution.

Prime Minister Modi referred to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s earlier comments on not accepting the Supreme Court’s verdict on OBC certificates and said, “They are misusing the judiciary.”

“They have a modus operandi. Firstly, they have started the sin of giving it to minorities by making a law in Andhra Pradesh. They lost at the Supreme Court and the Supreme Court overturned it because the Constitution doesn’t allow it. So they started smartly The game came through the back door and these people overnight made all castes of Muslims into OBCs and they deprived the OBCs of their rights… When the Supreme Court judgment came it became clear that such a major fraud took place It is even more unfortunate that vote bank politics is now also abusing the judiciary. And they even say that whatever happens, we will not listen to the court. This situation cannot be acceptable under any circumstances. ” he said.

So far, six phases of the Lok Sabha elections have been completed and the final phase will take place on June 1 in 57 constituencies across 8 states.

The results of the elections will be announced on June 4.

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