PM Modi tells Mamata Banerjee that 40 TMC legislators are in touch with him, Bengal CM calls him worse than fascist


In a chilling development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hinted at forcing the West Bengal government headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to fall if elected to powe once again on 23 May. This was after Modi taunted Banerjee claiming that 40 of her party’s MLAs were in touch with him and will switch loyalty after the Lok Sabha results are announced on 23 May.

Mamata Banerjee

Addressing a rally in Serampore, Modi said, “Didi, on 23 May, the day of results, the lotus will bloom everywhere and your MLAs will leave you and run. Even today, Didi, 40 of your MLAs are in contact with me.”

Banerjee later told a channel that Modi was worse than a fascist.

TMC MP Derek O’Brien took to Twitter to mock Modi, calling him an ‘expire babu PM.’ He wrote, “Expiry Babu PM , let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading.”

This is the first time a prime minister has openly threatened to cause an elected government to fall from a public platform. In 2016, Banerjee’s party, the TMC, had won 211 of the state’s 294 assembly seats. The party had won 34 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in 2014.

The BJP is desperately trying to gain its foothold in West Bengal, which is one of the few states in India that has rejected the Hindutva ideology of the saffron party.


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