BJP-RSS targeting Bengal due to disappointment: Mamata

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Kolkata, March 23 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the RSS is targeting her state due to “disappointment” stemming from a string of poll defeats.

“Why are you worried? There is no need to be excited. This is a result of disappointment. They have lost elections consecutively… in Bihar… in Bengal… and suddenly they emerge victorious in Uttar Pradesh. That was a one-sided election,” Banerjee told ABP Ananda in an interview.

She was asked about the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) adopting a resolution on the situation in Bengal and calling upon the people to counter the Banerjee government’s vote-bank politics.

Targeting the Centre over its claim that black money was eradicated following demonetisation, the Trinamool Congress supremo wondered how black money was recovered during the UP assembly elections if it was wiped out.

“If they are claiming that demonetisation stopped black money, then how was black money seized in the elections by the Election Commission,” she asked.

Expressing her personal opinion on the UP election verdict, she said: “Daal mein kuchh kala hai.” (There is something wrong in the matter).

“The mathematics don’t add up. We did so much developmental work, yet we got 211 seats out of 294 in the 2016 Assembly polls but they (BJP) won 25 of the 403 assembly seats, when demonetisation had a negative effect,” she said, dismissing the notion that the November 8 move had a positive impact.

Banerjee claimed that she was the BJP’s “identified targeted enemy” for the 2019 general elections.

“They will target us and shall I sit and drink lemon juice? They are scared of Bengal in the 2019 elections. I am their targeted enemy. They want to confine us to Bengal. If they target Bengal, we will target India. We will contest from other states too… that is my challenge… challenge … challenge,” she said.

–IANS

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