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Mamata looking for another seat, certain to lose in Nandigram: JP Nadda
Nadda hit out at the Congress for promising to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act if it came to power in Assam.
BJP chief J.P. Nadda is continuing the saffron party's aggressive line against the ruling Trinamool Congress and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in West Bengal.
Mamata and the TMC had alleged gross violations in the conduct of the Assembly polls in Nandigram, from where Mamata contested. However, the BJP rejected the allegations and attributed it to nervousness of the TMC.
On Saturday morning, news agency ANI aired comments by BJP chief J.P. Nadda about the ongoing election campaigns in Assam and West Bengal.
Nadda claimed the BJP had information that Mamata is "looking" for another constituency to contest from. "... we have info that she is looking for it (another constituency). Her people told me this. She will know it, but it is certain that she is losing in Nandigram," Nadda told ANI in Guwahati.
Nadda exuded confidence on the BJP's prospects in West Bengal. "In West Bengal, we're forming government and the results will be astounding. People of Bengal are eager to oust Mamata government lock, stock and barrel. In the first two phases, it is clear that TMC is gone and BJP is coming here. BJP's victory is certain," Nadda told ANI.
Referring to Assam, Nadda continued the BJP's tactic of targeting the Congress's alliance with the AIUDF of Badruddin Ajmal. "He (Badruddin Ajmal) threw away Gamosha. So is he Assam's identity or [are] Srimanta Sankardev, Gopinath Bardoloi or Bhupen Hazarika Assam's identity? People doing opportunism politics are going with Badruddin," Nadda told ANI.
Nadda highlighted the BJP government's achievements in quelling militancy in Assam. "Bodo agitation was going on for 50 years. Thousands were killed. But no one paid heed to them. It was PM Modi's political will and HM Amit Shah's strategy that resolved the issue; [Assam] CM implemented it in letter and spirit. We accommodated people's aspiration," Nadda told ANI.
Nadda declared "2,500-3,000 people have surrendered [weapons], more than 4,000 assault rifles have also been surrendered."
Nadda hit out at the Congress for promising to repeal the Citizenship (Amendment) Act if it came to power in Assam. "Their (Congress) 5 guarantees (for Assam) speak of CAA. I can't understand who are the people who make these guarantees and how limited is their knowledge. Can a state law overrule a law passed by Parliament? They're misleading people. It's a display of mental bankruptcy," Nadda told ANI.
As with West Bengal, Nadda spoke with certainty of a BJP victory in Assam. "Assam has made up its mind to support BJP-NDA. In phase 1 and 2, people made a one-sided decision. Their decision for phase 3 also seems clear. I see huge crowd in my rallies; entire Assam has decided to vote for BJP-NDA. We'll form government here," Nadda told ANI.
Modi also taunted Mamata
Interestingly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also claimed there were "rumours" Mamata Banerjee was looking for another seat. Speaking at a rally on Thursday, Modi was quoted by The Indian Express as saying "Didi left Bhawanipore and went to Nandigram. She realised her mistake and realised she will lose. Didi was forced to camp in Nandigram. Didi, is there any truth that you are going to file your nomination from another constituency? First, you went there (Nandigram), and people gave you an answer."
However, on Friday, Mamata hit back at Modi. Speaking at a rally in Coochbehar, Mamata responded to Modi by saying, “I am not your party member that you will suggest that I contest from another seat. I have contested from Nandigram and will win from there."