Taking his “Kela Hope” pitch to the national stage, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said the “Kela” would take place until the BJP was expelled from the country. “We will start the struggle of 2024 now and we must start planning now,” Banerjee said at the Martyrs’ Day rally, throwing out the handbook for the next Lok Sabha elections.
‘Kela Hope’ was Banerjee’s slogan for this year’s assembly elections. On August 16th we will celebrate ‘Kela Divas’. We will give football to poor children, “he said in his 45 – minute speech, which was mostly in English and Hindi.
He attacked the center in connection with the Pegasus snooping controversy and did not speak to opposition leaders because he knew his phone had been tapped. “In the name of pegasus, they infiltrate our lives.” He appealed to Supreme Court justices to be aware of the fact that all telephones are being tapped, and that “the need of the hour is to preserve this democracy.”
Banerjee promises a grand Brigade Parade ground rally with opposition leaders in the winter if the Govt situation comes under control by then.
Interestingly, the Trinamool Congress’ mouthpiece “Jako Bungalow” had a banner on Mamata Banerjee’s byline: “Our Pledge Now: Salo Delhi”.
According to political analysts, it was clear that Banerjee wanted to oppose Prime Minister Narendra Modi and wanted to launch ground work to set up a major alternative. Before 2019, the opposition could be seen together, but nothing was planned, but this time, the chief minister wants to start it before the 2024 general elections.
“We do not have time to plan for the general elections. I will be in Delhi next week. I would like to meet the leaders of the opposition during the ongoing parliamentary session. I propose to convene a meeting of the leaders of the opposition between 26-28 this month. We are keen to attend,” Banerjee said.
Banerjee will be in New Delhi on July 26 for the first time since winning the Bengal Assembly elections. He is likely to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other opposition leaders.
Banerjee’s landslide victory in Bengal was hailed in the opposition camp, and regional leaders are likely to meet him as key states like Uttar Pradesh and Punjab go to the polls next year.
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