Millennium Post (Kolkata)

‘BJP will not get even 70 seats in Bengal’

Perpetrato­rs of the Sitalkuchi killings will not be spared: Mamata

- AMITAVA BANERJEE

SILIGURI: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the BJP will not be able to win even 70 seats in the ongoing state Assembly elections which many expect to be a cliff-hanger.

Speaking at a rally at Dabgram-Fulbari in Jalpaiguri district, Banerjee said: “Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the saffron party has already won 100 seats out of 135 seats where elections have been held. I can say that after the elections are over, BJP will not even get 70 out of a total of 294 seats.”

The Trinamool Congress leader charged that the BJP was spreading falsehood by telling different things at different places on the same issue.

Banerjee also said Union Home minister Amit Shah had said in Lebong in Darjeeling that there will be no NRC. However, she pointed out that 14 lakh people have been identified and sent to detention camps based on a process to find illegal migrants under the National Register of Citizens.

Banerjee said if TMC is voted to power once again, it would not allow the controvers­ial National Register of Citizens(NRC) to be implemente­d in the state. “All of you are citizens. My only request to people is that they must cast their votes,” she said.

Banerjee, during her meeting in Mathabhang­a, met the family members of the deceased on Wednesday and assured that the perpetrato­rs of the Sitalkuchi and Ananda Barman incidents will not be spared.

The fourth phase polls saw the death of five persons in North Bengal in two separate incidents in Sitalkuchi in Cooch Behar.

The CISF had opened fire in booth number 126 in Jorepatki in Sitalkuchi resulting in the deaths of Hamidul Mian (31), Monirujjam­an Mian (28), Noor Alam Mian (20) and Samiul Haq (18). In another incident, 21-year-old Ananda Barman was shot dead by miscreants while he was returning home after casting his vote in booth 285 in Pathantuli.

“We will not spare anyone. Whosoever they are, the perpetrato­rs will be brought to book. After elections are over the state government will conduct an inquiry,” assured Banerjee.

“I would have come to meet you on that very day but the ECI stopped me. They did not even allow me to stand by you all in the hour of grief,” stated Banerjee.

She spoke to the family members before addressing the gathering. “I vehemently condemn the killings. They shot down these youths in cold blood. One of the deceased has a 45-day-old child and the other a three-year-old. His wife is expecting. Such unparallel­ed and planned brutality,” she added.

She added that all necessary help will be extended to the families. “Money is not a substitute for life but we assure all help to the families,” stated Banerjee.

Refuting allegation­s by the

BJP that she did not condole the death of Ananda Barman, Banerjee stated: “For me, everyone is equal. I don't differenti­ate between Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs. Today, the grandfathe­r and uncle of Ananda Barman met me. Whosoever is behind his death will not be spared,” stated Banerjee.

She, however, cautioned people not to step into any provocatio­n. “Don't fall for any provocatio­n. We will give a reply with peace. We will give back by punishing the perpetrato­rs,” stated the TMC supremo.

She instructed the TMC leaders to construct five martyrs' columns in memory of the dead.

Banerjee's visit was reassuring for the family members. “We want justice. However, the CM's visit has given us solace. We know that she will stand by us,” stated the brother of one of the victims.

 ?? PIC/MPOST ?? Mamata Banerjee speaks to families of those who died in the Sitalkuchi clash, at Mathabhang­a in Cooch Behar district, on Wednesday
PIC/MPOST Mamata Banerjee speaks to families of those who died in the Sitalkuchi clash, at Mathabhang­a in Cooch Behar district, on Wednesday

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