Mamata Banerjee: ‘Super-autocratic’: Mamata lashes out at Centre over MPs House suspension | India News

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NEW DELHI: West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday called the Narendra Modi government “super autocratic” referring to the suspension of 78 MPs from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.
During an interaction with the media, she said that the government is “scared” of the opposition, even with its full majority in the House.
“Everybody (MPs) is suspended…what is going on? If they (government) are so scared with a full majority, why are they running the House? Who will work with them? Let them suspend the House first, they have no moral authority to run the House. This is a mockery,” Banerjee said.
“They are doing this because they are scared… super-autocracy is going on. This is not good… opposition has no space, judiciary, media has no power… they (government) disrespect everyone…” she added.
Asked about central agencies going after opposition leaders, Banerjee said, “all opposition parties are under agency pressure… they are using money power, muscle power, agency power… trying to scare us… but they can’t buy me, I will fight till the time I am alive,” the West Bengal CM said.
Mamata Banerjee will be attending the INDIA bloc meeting to work out a joint strategy to take on the ruling BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.
Asserting that the INDIA bloc will choose its prime ministerial candidate after elections, the TMC chief said that seat-sharing agreements between the coalition parties “will not be easy” but if “they agree on principal about the seat-sharing formula, then it can be worked out.”
“They are more mature people… they are going to be. PM should be projected after the polls depending on the seats that each of the allies are going to get,” said the TMC supremo, adding that TMC is “open to talks” on sharing seats with Congress and Left parties in Bengal and announcing that there will be a “common manifesto” to project the policies of the INDIA bloc for 2024.
On BJP, she said, “I have no grievances… but I have ideological problems with them.”
Speaking on doubts over credibility of EVMs, Banerjee said, “We (opposition) want 100 per cent VVPAT to be used (for the Lok Sabha polls). When the provision is there and it can be done then what is the problem in having 100% VVPAT”.
Acknowledging that the “BJP” is the biggest challenge for the INDIA bloc in the Hindi heartland, especially after the three state elections that it won recently, Banerjee said, “It is not BJP which is strong, but the opposition is weak,” and when the opposition stands united, it will be strong and people will have faith in them. The people are with us,” she said,refusing to accept that Modi’s return to office in 2024 is a done deal.
On the issue of TMC MP Mahua Moitra’s expulsion from Lok Sabha, Banerjee said, “the party is fully behind her.”
Asked about Moitra raising the Adani issue in the House with regard to Adani project in Bengal, Banerjee said the deep seaport project that has gone to the Adani group is “under review” at present.



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