“Khela Hobe”: Mamata blasts the election’s trumpet and promises a concerted effort to remove the BJP

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Mamata Banerjee, leader of the Trinamool Congress and chief minister of West Bengal, promised on Thursday to work with her counterparts in Bihar and Jharkhand as well as a number of other opposition parties to unseat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the general election of 2024.

While speaking at a party event in Kolkata, Banerjee used her party’s winning campaign slogan, “Khela Hobe,” to forecast the fate of the BJP in two years, adding that the saffron camp’s hubris and the public’s fury will bring it down.

She predicted a coalition in 2024 that will include Nitish Kumar, the chief minister of Bihar, Hemant Soren, Akhilesh Yadav, and many more. There will be “Khela Hobe” in 2024, she said. “All opposition parties will work together to beat the BJP. We will all be on one side and the BJP on the other. The BJP’s hubris of 300 seats will be its nemesis.”

Banerjee also criticised the Center for failing to arrange a meeting between her and Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is now in India.

The TMC chief was reported as adding, “I don’t know why they (the BJP) are so unhappy. They also didn’t let me go to several locations, including Chicago and China, to attend events. This is the first time the PM of Bangladesh came to India and did not come to Bengal despite her wish to meet me.

“I feel awful they are now creating a Netaji Statue in Delhi. What about the statue present before?” she added, criticising the Narendra Modi administration for erecting a statue of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose near India Gate.

“Am I their bonded labour?” Banerjee remarked as she said that she had gotten a letter from an undersecretary asking her to attend the PM’s Thursday inauguration of the monument.

During the unveiling of the newly named Kartavya Path, which runs from Rashtrapati Bhavan to India Gate and features red granite walkways with greenery all around, renovated canals, state-wise food stalls, new utility blocks, and vending kiosks, Modi will dedicate the statue of Bose.