Tripura result is CPM's loss, not BJP's credit: Mamata
Kolkata: There is nothing for the BJP to get excited about by winning in Tripura, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday evening. "It is not the victory of the BJP in Tripura but it is CPI(M)'s loss and arrogance of its leaders," she said adding that there was nothing to rejoice for BJP.
Accusing the ruling party at the Centre of showering money in Tripura and using the central forces in its favour during the elections, Banerjee said it is a mystery why CPI(M), that has been ruling the state for so long, did not protest a single issue and completely surrendered.
"This central government is not governing the country. They are doing barbarism to make their party significant in all the states. This will not continue for long. They will suffer a crushing defeat in 2019 and the Rajasthan, Karnataka, and Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections later this year, would be the turning point," the Trinamool Congress supremo claimed.
She also blamed Congress, the erstwhile main opposition party in the state, of complete inactivity in the election and said had they put up a proper fight, BJP would have ended up with merely 10 seats in Tripura. "Tripura is a small place with 25 lakh people. A small district like Howrah in West Bengal has more than 38 lakh voters. So there is no point getting overenthusiastic about this victory," the Chief Minister added.
"I need to know why the CPI(M) did not protest. Their performance is not very bad. There is a difference of five percent votes. I think it is not a victory for the BJP, it is the failure of the Congress and surrender by the BJP," Banerjee said.
"Certainly there was an anti-incumbency factor as the Left Front was ruling there for a long time. But if Congress could put up a proper fight, getting four to five percent vote would not have been a big deal. Then BJP would have had only 10 seats," she pointed out.
"They could not win in Meghalaya. They have lost in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan elections recently. Victories in Bengal and Odisha are beyond them," she added.
The victory of BJP in Tripura will not have any impact in Bengal, Partha Chatterjee, secretary general of the Trinamool Congress said on Saturday adding that the party has won by using sheer money power. "CPI(M)'s arrogance is responsible for the defeat," he said.
Echoing Chatterjee's thoughts, Sitaram Yehchuri, former general secretary of CPI(M) said the BJP has come to power by " using money and muscle power and by uniting all forces against the Left."