In a significant statement, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during her election campaign for the bypoll in Bhabanipur on Wednesday that if she doesn’t win the by-election, someone else will become the Chief Minister.
Speaking at a public rally, Banerjee said, “If I don’t win, someone else will be the Chief Minister. Give me your votes to keep me as the Chief Minister. Every vote is precious to me. Don’t waste them.”
Political experts are of the opinion that the Chief Minister’s statement is an expression of her tension over the bypoll.
“She has never been in this situation before and so she is worried about the outcome of the election. The data of previous elections in Bhabanipur also shows that she is not totally comfortable about her victory,” a political analyst said.
Labelling herself as the protector of the people, the Chief Minister said, “I was asked to contest from Nadigram where I had fought for the peasants’ movement, but you all know how I was defeated there. The case is lying pending before the court.
“You will all come to know what happened to me there. But now I am here… Perhaps this is fate. I cannot leave you. Every vote is valuable. So don’t waste your vote thinking that I shall win. If you don’t give your vote, I shall lose.”
Mamata has reportedly also been making desperate appeals like: Who will fight against NRC, CAA, NPR if not me?
Mamata’s rising desperation is also being put down to a spirited campaign by lawyer and BJP candidate Priyanka Tibrewal, who played a key role in getting Calcutta HC to order a CBI probe into West Bengal’s gruesome post-poll violence. That pogrom against BJP workers and voters started after election results were announced on May 2, and led to dozens of murders, hundreds of rapes and molestations, and over 40K people displaced.
In a classic move of the pot calling the kettle black, Mamata then went on to label the central government as ‘Talibani rule.’ Banerjee said, “I can call Modi-Shah grandfather, brother… It’s courtesy. But I will not accept the Taliban rule in the country. I will not let the country fall apart. I will not let the kingdom be torn to pieces. I will not allow division among the common people….Your vote will help stop the rioters. If you start the process here, you will see the result in Delhi. I shall go to any extent to fight this Talibanism.”
Mamata is able to get away with this shocking double-speak only because she enjoys the protection offered by our secular state to those who wear the ‘facade of secularism‘. It is the same trick that allowed the Muslim cleric of Furfura-sharif mazar, who wished that coronavirus would claim 50 crore Hindu lives, to establish a party called ‘Indian Secular Front’ and then to ally with the ‘secular’ Indian National Congress. And it is the same trick that allows a rabid Islamist, descendant-of-Razakars, Asaduddin Owaisi to proclaim himself ‘secular’.
(With IANS inputs)