TMC’s 40 MLAs are in touch with me, claims Modi

At a rally in West Bengal’s Sreerampur, he says these legislators will desert their party once the BJP wins the general election.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed on Monday that 40 Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs were in touch with him and they would desert their party once the BJP won the general election.

Mr. Modi accused TMC chief Mamata Banerjee of nepotism. She wanted to politically establish her nephew in West Bengal, he alleged.

Mr. Modi assailed her for her ‘prime ministerial ambitions’, saying “Didi, Dilli door hai [Delhi is far away for you.’

“Forty TMC MLAs are in touch with me and all your MLAs will desert you once the BJP wins the elections. Political ground has slipped from under your feet,” he said at an election rally in Sreerampur.

Ms. Banerjee, who often lost her cool as she was “sensing defeat”, cannot even dream of becoming the prime minister. “With just a handful of seats, ‘Didi’ you can’t reach Delhi. Delhi is far away. Going to Delhi is just an excuse. Her real intention is to politically establish her nephew,” he said.

Ms. Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek is an MP from Diamond Harbour and the TMC candidate for the seat.

Lashing out at Opposition parties for questioning the credibility of EVMs, Mr. Modi said his rivals had moved on from abusing him to criticising EVMs, as they faced “imminent defeat”.

“Earlier only Modi was abused, now even EVMs are being abused. The Opposition is doing so as it faces imminent defeat,” he said.

He also accused the State’s ruling party of rigging elections, claiming its “goons” were preventing voters from exercising their franchise.

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