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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 23:36 IST

Mamata Banerjee confident on INDI alliance’s prospects, defers PM candidate decision

She further expressed confidence in the feasibility of a three-way alliance in West Bengal, uniting her Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress, and the Left.

Isha Bhandari
Mamata Banerjee
ममता बनर्जी | Image:ANI
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New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressed the media on Monday, asserting that the INDIA bloc's prime ministerial candidate will be determined post the 2024 general elections. 

Displaying confidence in the alliance's ability to address issues, including seat-sharing, Banerjee expressed optimism in the bloc's capacity to defeat the BJP.

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Dismissing concerns about delayed coordination within the alliance, Banerjee stated, "It is better late than never." 

Mamata expresses confidence in feasibility of a three-way alliance 

She further expressed confidence in the feasibility of a three-way alliance in West Bengal, uniting her Trinamool Congress (TMC), Congress, and the Left.

Responding to questions about the BJP's growing influence, especially in the Hindi belt, Banerjee emphasized the need for collaboration to counter the BJP's perceived strength, stating, “The BJP is not strong, we are weak. We need to work together to overcome it.”

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Addressing the recent suspension of opposition MPs in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Banerjee asserted that it reflects the BJP's fear. 

BJP’s actions mockery of democracy: Mamata 

She criticized the BJP's actions as a "mockery of democracy," highlighting the suppression of the people's voice.

Expressing full support for expelled party MP Mahua Moitra, Banerjee mentioned that the parliamentary party will decide on her Krishnanagar seat. 

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In a light-hearted remark, she downplayed the BJP's assertion about PM Modi's potential return for a third term, stating that 2024 is not a foregone conclusion.

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 23:36 IST

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