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"Mamata Banerjee affectionate towards Sheikh Shahjahan": Meenakashi Lekhi

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New Delhi | February 24, 2024 11:56:42 PM IST
Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi on Saturday hit out at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and alleged of securing her aide Sheikh Shahjahan amid various allegations of land grabbing and atrocities against women.

"Where there is a Chief Minister named Mamata and her affection is towards people like Shahjahan, and not towards the oppressed girls and mothers and sisters, then what can we say about such a government? What else should happen?" Lekhi said addressing a press conference here.

The Union Minister said that while Mamata Banerjee may not have any affection for the women in her state, the Bharatiya Janata Party is supporting all who are facing systematic violence in West Bengal.

"Today, through all of you, we are also expressing our anger and want to say that while the Chief Minister like Mamata Banerjee is not with the daughters, the Bharatiya Janata Party, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is supporting all such mothers, sisters, girls. We are with those who have been continuously harassed by the West Bengal government," she added.

The women protestors in West Bengal's Sandeshkhali are seeking justice against alleged atrocities committed by TMC leader Sheikh Shahjahan and his aides. A large number of women in Sandeshkhali have accused Trinamool Congress strongman Shajahan Sheikh and his supporters of "land-grab and sexually assaulting" them under coercion.

Speaking about the materialisation of seat-sharing talks between the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress in some key states ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Lekhi said that politics is not a game of mathematics but chemistry.

"In 2019 Lok Sabha, the BJP got approximately 56.86 per cent vote share in Delhi, the Congress got 22.51 and the AAP got 18.11. Politics is not mathematics, it is chemistry and you get people's support when you work for them," the Union Minister said.

Pointing out the difference between the chemistry of the INDIA bloc partners and the BJP in Delhi, Lekhi said, "The chemistry between those who are corrupt is different from those who serve people. The chemistry of corruption won't stand a chance in front of the chemistry of service. The powers which support corruption will rest with those who practice corruption. The history between 2013 and 2019 also suggests that. Even if you add up Congress and Aam Aadmi Party's vote share it will be 40.62 per cent."

Speaking about the BJP's electoral performance in Gujarat, Haryana, Goa and Chandigarh where the AAP and the Congress has stitched a seat-sharing deal, the senior BJP leader said that the opposition alliance fails even in mathematics.

"In Gujarat, in 2019 Lok Sabha election, BJP got 62.21 per cent vote share. In Haryana 2019 elections, BJP got 58.02 per cent and in Goa it got 51.19 and in Chandigarh, it got 50.64. So it fails in mathematics as well as in chemistry," Lekhi said.

Hitting out at the INDIA bloc, the Union Minister claimed that the sole purpose of the alliance is to blame one another after losing the polls as both of them are confident of losing the elections.

"This coalition has no head or tail, but both the parties know that they are going to lose this election. They are only doing so to determine whom to blame when they lose the poll battle," Lekhi said.

After weeks of suspense and wrangling over the allotment of seats in the national capital ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, INDIA partners AAP and Congress on Saturday announced a seat-sharing pact for Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Chandigarh and Goa. (ANI)

 
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