‘The 2024 Lok Sabha election, too, will go Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s way’
Pune: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee three-day Mumbai visit had a pure political agenda which was to cobble up an alliance of non-Congress parties, opined former chief minister and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Devendra Fadnavis. In an apparent attempt to drive a wedge in the ruling Shiv Sena, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Congress led Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), the Leader of Opposition in Legislative Assembly remarked that NCP chief Sharad Pawar – the Congress’ ally in Maharashtra – were supportive of Mamata Banerjee’s plans.
Speaking to newspersons in Mumbai on Thursday, Fadnavis further said that any strategy chalked out by non-BJP parties would have no effect on the BJP as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would again emerge triumphant in the 2024 Lok Sabha election.
The former chief minister further remarked, “Meeting with industrialists was merely a cover for Mamata Didi’s visit. As it becomes obvious that 2024 too will go Prime Minister Modi’s way, the other parties are indulging in these political maneuverings… While Mamata Didi speaks directly, Pawar speaks between the lines. But their purpose is the same which is to keep the Congress aside, and Pawar agrees with Mamata Banerjee’s views on this”.
The NCP shares power with Uddhav Thackeray’s Shiv Sena and the Congress in the MVA alliance government in Maharashtra. Fadnavis pointed out that the Congress had strongly objected to Mamata Banerjee’s maneuverings and had responded by stating that any opposition to the BJP at the Centre was not possible without them in the grouping.
Fadnavis further added, “The Trinamool Congress (TMC) have openly said that they are the ‘real’ Congress now and that the old Congress is irrelevant…that is the reason why Mamata Banerjee is contesting in Goa and the northeastern States because she wants to project TMC as the principal opposition instead of the Congress. Pawar supports the TMC’s opinions. But he had no alternative in Maharashtra as the political situation did not favour him and hence, he had to take the Congress along (MVA government formation).”
The BJP leader further remarked that it did not matter in the least whether Mamata Banerjee held a ‘secret meeting’ with Sena or a public meeting with the BJP’s estranged saffron partner.
“The Shiv Sena barely won 56 seats in the 2019 Assembly election, while we won 105. The real face of the Sena is now exposed as they are forced into an alliance with ‘anti-Hindutva’ parties (Congress & NCP) to seek votes,” Fadnavis said.