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BJP targeting me, Abhishek, we are not safe: Mamata after Suvendu Adhikari's 'explosion' remark

Mamata Banerjee alleged that the BJP is targeting her and Abhishek Banerjee and they were not feeling safe.

Edited By: Ashesh Mallick @asheshmallick07 Balurghat Updated on: April 21, 2024 17:11 IST
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Image Source : PTI West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday (April 21) came down heavily on the BJP and alleged that the saffron party is targeting her and her nephew and party candidate Abhishek Banerjee and claimed that they “are not safe”. Her remarks came a day after Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Suvendu Adhikari said that there would be a “big explosion on Monday which will shake the TMC and its top brass”.

"The BJP is targeting me and Abhishek, we are not safe, but we are also not afraid of the saffron party's conspiracy. We urge everyone to be on guard against a conspiracy against TMC leaders and the people of West Bengal," she claimed while addressing an election rally in Kumarganj in Balurghat Lok Sabha seat in favour of party candidate and state minister Biplab Mitra.

Mamata hits back at Adhikari

Hitting back at Adhikari, who was once a TMC leader, the party chief termed him a “traitor” and said, “There is a traitor who joined the BJP to protect his family and ill-gotten wealth. Let me tell him, his threat to trigger a chocolate bomb explosion is treated with contempt by us”.

"We will counter him by bursting firecrackers. For us firecrackers are unravelling discrepancies in PM Care Fund and 'jumla' of crediting Rs 15 lakh in every citizen's bank account. He only peddles falsehood," she said.

Mamata on Doordarshan logo colour change

Accusing the Narendra Modi government of painting independent institutions such as Doordarshan in saffron hues, Mamata said that the BJP "appropriating the colour" was an insult to sacrifices made by monks and spiritual leaders of the country for ages.

She wondered how the logo of Doordarshan could be painted in saffron during elections, alleging it was done to suit the BJP's "religion-based vote bank politics and agenda".

"Why did the DD logo suddenly turn saffron? Why were official residences of army personnel painted in saffron? Why was the uniform of police in Kashi (Varanasi) changed to saffron?" she questioned.

"We strongly protest the decision (to change the colour of DD logo)...it is another instance of the BJP's authoritarian rule. If it returns to power, there will be no more polls in future. There will be one man, one party rule, and religious rights of different communities will be at stake," she claimed.

(With PTI inputs)

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