Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is her “main enemy” and announced that her party will contest Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh, Tripura, and other states in 2024 with an aim to oust the saffron party.
During her announcement at the Netaji Indoor Stadium after TMC’s organizational polls in which she was elected unopposed as the chairperson of the party, Mamata also confirmed that the party will not contest in the upcoming state assembly polls in UP but will support the Samajwadi Party (SP).
“In Uttar Pradesh, I am not going to contest assembly polls but I am going to support SP chief Akhilesh Yadav on 8th Feb 2022. We (TMC) will contest from UP in Lok Sabha polls (in 2024),” news reports quoted the Bengal CM as saying.
She clarified her intentions to take on the BJP at the national stage in 2024 and emphasized the need to win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in her own state.
“We have to make Bengal stronger in the next 2 years so that we get all 42 seats (in 2024 LS polls),” she said. “[We] have to chase the BJP away. Uniformity will be there in TMC. I will do my first working committee meeting in Delhi,” she added.