The electoral battle in West Bengal has taken an interesting turn with chief minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee on Thursday extensively quoting from the speech of former Tripura chief minister Manik Sarkar to warn the people about the danger from the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Manik Sarkar had in Burdwan on Tuesday made a passionate appeal to Left Front workers not to let the BJP come to power as the saffron party government in Tripura has wreaked havoc in the state. The CPM has prepared a video of Sarkar’s speech to spread it all over the state and caution the people about the impending danger from the BJP.
The former Tripura CM told a big gathering in Burdwan that the average people in his state regret as to “what a blunder they committed by voting the BJP to power”.
Sarkar’s speech gave Mamata an opportunity to target the BJP. Addressing a big convention of SC/ST cell of her party in Kolkata, Mamata said as to how many people from Tripura have been forced to take shelter in West Bengal after the BJP came to power in 2018. She said that the BJP wooed leaders from Congress to emerge powerful in Tripura. Here in West Bengal they too are relying on turn-coats, but would not succeed in their mission.
It needs to be recalled that Manik Sarkar was the chief minister of the state for 20 long years before he was voted out of power by Biplab Dev-led BJP in 2018.
Curiously the CPM leader Sitaram Yechury while talking to NDTV on Wednesday said that it is essential for the Left Front-Congress alliance to strongly contest the election to keep the BJP out of power.