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'Mamata as PM' is not an isolated comment by BJP: Somen Mitra

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Kolkata: West Bengal Congress president Somen Mitra yesterday said BJP president Dilip Ghosh's comment that Mamata Banerjee has the best chance to become PM, is proof of "tacit understanding" between TMC and the BJP.

"Dilip Ghosh's statement that Mamata Banerjee has the best chance to become the first Bengali Prime Minister is not an isolated statement. It is a reflection of tacit understanding between both the parties in the state. We have been saying this for a long time but now the cat is out of the bag," Mitra told reporters here.

Ghosh had, however, on Sunday made a U-turn and said his remark the day earlier on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's prime ministerial prospects was made in jest.

Mitra termed Ghosh's u-turn as a "lame excuse" and said that the people of the state very well understood the kind of "political setting" that exist between parties.

Mitra claimed that by making the statement, Ghosh has virtually accepted that the BJP will not return to power in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and might extend support to Mamata Banerjee in such a scenario.

Commenting on the general strike called by various Left trade unions on January 8 and 9, Mitra said TMC's opposition to the strike call is another example of 'TMC-BJP fixed match' in the state.

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