Presidential election: Don’t need your support, BJP tells Mamata Banerjee
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Presidential election: Don’t need your support, BJP tells Mamata Banerjee

BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said the Trinamool Congress, the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal represented regressive politics.

india Updated: Jul 18, 2017 13:20 IST
Asian News International, New Delhi/ Kolkata
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West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee casts her vote during the Presidential election at West Bengal legislative assembly in Kolkata on Monday. (PTI File)

With West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee backing opposition presidential nominee Meira Kumar as a mark of protest against the Centre’s “atrocities”, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday said it does not expect support from parties who pursue communal politics.

Speaking to ANI, BJP leader GVL Narsimha Rao said the Trinamool Congress (TMC), the Congress and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) represented regressive politics and had been pursuing communal and vote-bank politics which did not represent the kind of politics that the BJP was following that is “sabka saath, sabka vikas”.

“So at another level, the opposition is more like a corrupt alliance of different desperate parties. TMC, RJD, Congress, they are all facing serious charges of corruption. So, obviously we do not expect her (Mamata) to vote for the NDA candidate because we represent positive politics, we represent secular and non-discriminatory administrative regime, positive agenda and honest government,” he added.

Another BJP leader, Rahul Sinha, blamed the chief minister of practising “politics of appeasement” and said she had no right to talk about the Centre when her own state was burning in communal violence.

“She herself is not able to control the law and order situation in the state and is blaming the Centre. All the anti-social elements are in the TMC. Because of Mamata the hills are burning, it was because of her that in seven months there were 14 cases of riots,” he added.

Training guns at the Centre for the growing unlawfulness and injustice in the country, Mamata on Monday said, “We support Meira Kumar and will stand by her always. Our vote is against unlawfulness and injustice which is growing in the country. For the sake of the country we urge everyone to not support the BJP and stand by the common man.”

Demanding Banerjee’s immediate resignation, Sinha said the TMC chief was making such “absurd” statements out of “frustration”.

Further slamming the government, Banerjee had stated that the TMC will not bow down their heads and will rather fight and be happy to go to jail.

“Demonetisation and GST are the two biggest scams of the country, which is making it, lag behind. After all this, we will not bow down our heads... If the BJP thinks that Bengal is an easy place, then they are wrong. We already have 18 political parties that have come together and this is a good time for coalition,” Banerjee said.

Targeting the Centre for having bad relations with West Bengal, Banerjee said, “The Centre has always had bad relations with neighbouring countries like China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal and now it’s with West Bengal which has become like a sandwich.”

The counting of the votes for the Presidential election will take place on July 20.

There are two candidates in the fray for the post - National Democratic Alliance (NDA) candidate Ram Nath Kovind and opposition candidate Meira Kumar.

President Pranab Mukherjee’s term will expire on July 25.

First Published: Jul 18, 2017 08:28 IST