The results of the Bengal elections have proved that the BJP can be defeated and the people have shown the way, Mamata Banerjee said today on her remarkable victory. “They need political oxygen now,” he told NDTV in an exclusive interview.
“The BJP can be defeated. At the end of the day it is democracy and it is a matter of people’s choice. People have shown the way. In democracy you should not show courage or arrogance.”
“The BJP is a communal party, they are passengers in trouble, they use fake videos, they abuse their power, they abuse agencies; they want to break federalism, bulldoze the federal character of the country.”
He added: “They are not allowing universal vaccinations. They are not giving oxygen. They need political oxygen.”
He said people should come together to fight the BJP.
“This kind of agency politics (using CBI, Enforcement Directorate) should end and it will be the end of the era of Narendra Modi-Amit Shah politics. Even old BJP members reject the politics of Narendra Modi-Amit Shah.” The country can now face this kind of politics. No. There are many better candidates than Modi and Amit Shah. ”
But the firebrand politician, set for a third term as Bengal’s chief minister, was wary of the possibility of him emerging as the opposition candidate to contest Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election in 2024.
“You can’t decide on these things anymore. There must be a discussion, there should be a general minimum program …”
On post-poll violence in some parts of the state, Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of trying to create trouble in the areas it has won.
“This is BJP’s propaganda. There have been some sporadic incidents, but they happen in every state. I am not justifying the violence. The BJP is trying to create communal clashes due to their humiliating defeat,” he said. To stay inside and not to celebrate at all.
“They have lost their credibility. So far the law and order has been run not by me but by the central forces. So, this is their job, if this is true they are guilty of spoiling the situation.”
He accused the party of trying to sow sectarian divisions.
Asked if she would share credit with anyone for her disastrous poll victory, Ms Banerjee raised a question on voting strategist Prashant Kishor, who designed the Trinamool campaign.
“I share this victory with the people. This is their victory and I dedicate it to them.”
She shared that it would take more time for her to fully recover from the leg injury she sustained in Nandigram on March 10. On Sunday, just after her victory, Banerjee emerged without a wheelchair for the first time in two months.
At its proper stage, the two-time chief minister has been seen talking to officials or reporters on a treadmill in his office fees.
“I am not able to walk on the treadmill. I used to walk on the treadmill for two hours. It will still take me at least 15 days to recover.”