“Didi is winning Nandigram”: TMC rubbishes Narendra Modi’s claims on Mamata Banerjee fighting from another seat; Yashwant Sinha accuses PM of heading BJP’s dirty tricks department


The Trinamool Congress on Thursday rubbished Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s claims that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee could possibly contest from another seat other than Nandigram, which went to polls in the second phase of the voting on 1 April. While rejecting Modi’s claims, the TMC warned Modi of a challenge for his parliamentary constituency Varanasi in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

A tweet from the official Twitter handle of the TMC read, “Didi is winning Nandigram. The question of her fighting from another seat doesn’t arise. @narendramodi Ji, retract from your efforts to mislead people before they see your lies with the end of nomination in WB. Look for a safer seat in 2024, as you will be challenged in Varanasi.”

Speaking at an election rally in Uluberia, Modi had said, “Didi, is there any truth in the rumour that you are going to file nomination from another constituency?” “First, you went there (Nandigram), and the people gave you an answer. If you go somewhere else, the people of Bengal are ready,” Modi was quoted by Indian Express as saying.

This evoked strong reactions from Trinamool leaders with Yashwnat Sinha accusing Modi of heading the ‘dirty tricks department’ of the BJP. Sinha wrote, “It is now clear that PM Modi directly heads the Dirty Tricks Department of the BJP. For him to raise the issue of Mamata contesting from another seat while voting is going on in Nandigram is the cheapest remark he could have made.”

In the second phase of voting, West Bengal witnessed 80.43% polling, while Assam registered 76.96% turnout. Bengal goes to polls in eight stages with the first two phases of the voting having been completed. The counting of votes will take place on 2 May.

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