West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC president Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the victory of her party in the Assembly bypolls was people’s “mandate against the NRC”. She said that the BJP got paid back for showing “arrogance” and “insulting” the people of the state.
"We dedicate this victory to the people of Bengal. This is a victory in favour of secularism and unity and is a mandate against NRC. The BJP is getting paid back for its arrogance of power and for insulting the people of the state.
"This mandate is against the politics of arrogance and people have outrightly rejected the BJP. They want to turn legal citizens of the country into refugees and send them to detention centres," Banerjee told a TV channel.
In a major boost for the ruling Trinamool Congress in West Bengal amid growing presence of the BJP, the party bagged all the three Assembly seats that wen to bypolls on November 25 by trouncing the BJP. The TMC won the Kaliaganj, Kharagpur Sadar and Karimpur bypolls. The BJP emerged in the second position in all the three seats.
Later, talking to reporters at the state secretariat, the West Bengal chief minister said the saffron party is losing support of people barely five-six months of returning to power at the Centre. "Within five-six months people are not supporting you... after seeing the economic situation, unemployment scenario and also because of the disinvestment policies. No one is happy," she said.
She said the NRC is BJP’s political stand and that her government would not allow its implementation in West Bengal. "We won’t allow implementation of the NRC in West Bengal and do not want it anywhere in the country. The BJP is trying to divide Bengal into pieces... We assure that not a single person will be driven out of the state because of NRC," Banerjee said.
(With inputs from PTI)
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