Banerjee further sought to know the logic behind stretching the elections for so long. "I want to know what is the logic? They have prepared the strategy as per their schedule. But we are happy. It will boomerang and come in my favour. I will be relaxed in the long election season and there will be less pressure on me.”
Lok Sabha election dates announced by the Election Commission stretching till the end of May is part of the Centre outlining a “game plan for another strike”, Trinamool Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Monday, a day before it announces its list of candidates for the Lok Sabha election 2019. Banerjee said the TMC will announce the list of its candidates on Tuesday.
“Tomorrow we have convened a steering committee meeting where all our district party presidents will be present. We will address the media at 3.30 pm after the meeting when we will announce our candidates,” Mamata told reporters.
In a statement that evoked strong political reactions, Banerjee said that she had information that polling was announced in seven phases for Bengal, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for just one reason. “It is the BJP’s game plan. I am not saying this; I got information from some senior journalists. There are some journalists who are good friends with political leaders. It is an important information that the Centre are planning to do another strike. What kind of strike, I will not say. Another strike… in the month of April. That’s why this election is going on till May 19. I have seen several elections but not such a long one.”
The chief minister of West Bengal said that the states of Bihar, West Bengal and UP will play a key role in forming the new government in 2019. “It is the discretion of the EC and I have great respect for the constitutional body. However, the BJP’s plan is to stop Bengal. They (Centre) will get a befitting reply. We will get 42 seats out of 42,” she said.
Mamata further sought to know the logic behind stretching the elections for so long. “I want to know what is the logic? They have prepared the strategy as per their schedule. But we are happy. It will boomerang and come in my favour. I will be relaxed in the long election season and there will be less pressure on me.”
The TMC chief also added that the weather conditions in May will be an inconvenience to people as well as election officials.
Responding to the CM’s remarks, state BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told PTI that the TMC chief has a habit of making baseless accusations and she should make public if she has proof of her allegations.
On Sunday, Election Commission of India announced the 17th Lok Sabha election schedule. As per the schedule, the 2019 Lok Sabha polls will be held in seven phases, beginning from April 11 and ending on May 19. The first phase will fall on on April 11, the second on April 18 and the third phase will fall on on April 23. Polling for the fourth phase will fall in the last leg of the month which is on April 29. The fifth phase of the 17 Lok Sabha polls will take place on May 6, the sixth phase on May 12 and the final seventh phase will be on May 19.
The final counting of the votes will be done on May 23 which will lock the Lok sabha polls 2019.