New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday (March 16) laid a scathing attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and alleged that they are “conspiring to kill” her.
Addressing a poll rally at Bankura in West Bengal, Banerjee said that despite farmers protesting at the Delhi borders, all the BJP ministers are here in Bengal.
Farmers have been protesting for 6 months now, however, the ministers are not holding talks with them. All the ministers are here, in Bengal, where they have booked hotels & conspiring to kill me, destroy TMC & how to file cases against TMC with the help of EC: WB CM in Bankura pic.twitter.com/bIvWtm9LHV
— ANI (@ANI) March 16, 2021
“Farmers have been protesting for six months now, however, the ministers are not holding talks with them. All the ministers are here, in Bengal, where they have booked hotels and are conspiring to kill me, destroy TMC and how to file cases against TMC with the help of EC,” ANI quoted her as saying.
Banerjee also accused Union Home Minister and BJP senior leader Amit Shah of hatching a conspiracy to harass Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders. She further claimed that he is getting “frustrated” by “poor turnout” at his rallies.
“Amit Shah is getting frustrated as there is a poor turnout at his rallies. Instead of running the country, he is sitting in Kolkata and hatching a conspiracy to harass TMC leaders. What do they want? Do they want to kill me? Do they think that they will win this election by killing me? They are wrong,” she said at her campaign rally.
The TMC supremo asked whether Shah is running the Election Commission (EC) and giving “instructions” to them.
Referring to the alleged “attack” on her in Purba Medinipur’s Nandigram, she said that BJP is plotting conspiracies to kill her as her security director Vivek Sahay was removed by the EC after she sustained injuries during her rally there.
“Is Amit Shah running the EC? He is giving instructions to the EC. What happened to their independence? My director, security (Vivek Sahay) was removed (by EC) as per his instructions,” she was quoted as saying by PTI.
Meanwhile, BJP delegation visited the office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Kolkata on March 15 and demanded the cancellation of Banerjee’s nomination from Nandigram.
Nandigram is a key battle ground in the upcoming West Bengal polls and will witness a tough fight between Banerjee and BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari.
West Bengal will go to polls in eight phases commencing from March 27. The counting of votes will be done on May 2.
(With inputs from agencies)