If Mukul Roy wins election, I will quit politics the next day: Abhishek
Kolkata: Without naming Mukul Roy, Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee threw a challenge in front of him saying that he would quit politics if the former secures a win from any of the 294 Assembly constituencies of his choice.
While addressing a mammoth rally on "Sanhati Divas" organised by the Trinamool Youth Congress, Abhishek said: "Trinamool Congress has brought about a change and subsequently the people of the state have witnessed an overall growth and development."
He further said: "Now, some leaders are spreading canards against the Trinamool Congress, claiming to bring about another change in the state." He also added: "I would like to ask as to who would bring about the change? Is it the person who has never won an election?"
Recollecting the civic polls in 2015, he said: "I don't want to take his name in this rally. In 2015, the BJP had almost declared Rupa Ganguly as its candidate to fight for the post of the city's Mayor. It is so unfortunate that she didn't have her name in the voters' list of Kolkata. Similarly, today the person, who wants to bring about a change in Bengal, does not have his name in the state's voters' list after joining the BJP but instead it is in the voters' list of Delhi."
"I am challenging him that there are 294 Assembly constituencies. If he is able to win from any of these seats, I will quit politics the next day," he said.
He further added: "I would like to tell those attacking the Trinamool Congress by spreading canards that if they have guts then they should organise a similar mammoth rally at the same place within the next 48 hours. Then only they must think of competing against the Trinamool Congress."
He told the gathering that "let them continue with their opposition against us. We will continue undertaking the development projects for an overall growth of the state and it will ensure our win in all the Zilla Parishads."
He further stated that the Mamata Banerjee government has kept all its promises that she had made to the people of Bengal ahead of the elections but the BJP at the Centre has played with their sentiments and not fulfilled any of its assurances.
He criticised the BJP leader saying that they are asking their workers to fight and they themselves are moving around with 10 armed security personnel.
He said: "…We had assured that there will be no compromise with corruption. Arrest of Sudipta Sen, Saradha Group chief, from Kashmir has established it. But they (the BJP government) allowed Vijay Mallya to flee India."
He also took a dig at CPI(M) saying that it is now working hand in glove with the BJP. "It is like stale food in a new plate," he maintained.
Senior Trinamool Congress leader Firhad Hakim said:
"Let all of us take an oath today that we will never allow repetition of an incident like Babri Masjid that the Delhi government is working towards. They are trying to play similar cards in Bengal. But we will not allow this."
He added: "We also have to keep in mind that we should not hurt anyone's religion."