Mamata: BJP trying to topple Maha Sarkar to ensure votes needed for Presidential election

Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee Criticizing the BJP on Thursday for trying to topple the Shiv Sena-led government in Maharashtra in an unethical and unconstitutional manner, claiming that the motive behind the act is to garner votes needed for the upcoming presidential elections. He said the saffron party has deliberately chosen to “harass” the Maharashtra government at a time when the presidential elections are approaching.

“The BJP government is bulldozing democracy. I feel very sad, and it is unfortunate that it is destroying the federal structure of this country. It is trying to topple the Maharashtra government in an unethical and unconstitutional way.

“In the upcoming presidential elections, the BJP is falling short in terms of votes. So, they are picking and choosing which government to topple to get the votes needed to elect their candidate for the presidency,” said the Trinamool Congress boss.

In an apparent bid to topple the Maha Vikas Aghadi government (MVA) in Maharashtra, disgruntled MLAs from the Shiv Sena, which leads the ruling coalition, on Tuesday left for Surat, where they camped for the day before taking off was. Guwahati in a chartered plane.

This is perhaps the first time that legislators from a western state have been sent to a northeastern state after a rebellion against the party leadership. The exact number of rebel MLAs who went to Guwahati could not be confirmed, but the flight reportedly had 89 passengers, including the crew, on board.

With the support of BJD’s NDA presidential candidate Draupadi Murmu, the ruling party’s vote share has now crossed 50 per cent, virtually paving the way for her election as the first tribal president. Hours after former Union minister Yashwant Sinha was declared joint candidate by several opposition parties including Congress, TMC and NCP, the candidature of the 64-year-old tribal leader from Odisha was announced by BJP chief JP Nadda on Tuesday night. ,

Banerjee also said that leaders of opposition parties are being summoned by the CBI and the ED, and claimed that at least 200 TMC workers have been asked to appear by central agencies though they are not accused. “Central agencies arrest opposition leaders who speak against the policies of the BJP-led government at the Centre. More than 200 members of TMC have been served notices. But, for BJP leaders, they can go spotless. They are distributing unlimited money. Isn’t this a form of hawala’? This scam should also be probed.”

The Chief Minister asked the BJP to send the MLAs to Bengal instead, where they would be given good hospitality.

“When the Assam government is facing floods, why are you troubling them? Send them (MLAs) to Bengal and we will give good hospitality and protect democracy.” Speaking on similar lines, TMC national general secretary Abhishek Banerjee, instead of taking care of the flood-affected people, took care of the rebel MLAs. Reprimanded the Assam government for being busy hosting.

“Assam is sinking, @BJP4Assam govt is busy following its order to host rebel MLAs from Delhi. I wish CM @himantabiswa cared more about flood affected victims and less about toppling Maharashtra Govt. The priorities for the remote controlled subservient government are clear. (sic),” he tweeted.

The BJP, however, rubbished the allegations and said that the rebellion of Shiv Sena MLAs is an internal matter of the party.

“The BJP has nothing to do with the political turmoil in Maharashtra. This is because of internal problems of Shiv Sena. And TMC and its leaders should not lecture us about ethics in politics. The whole country knows how moral they are,” said West Bengal BJP president Sukanta Majumdar.

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