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Modi claims 40 TMC MLAs in touch with him

Sreerampur/ Barrackpore: Making a sensational claim in the middle of the general election, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Monday said 40 Trinamool Congress (TMC) MLAs were in touch with him and will desert their party once the BJP wins the polls.

The TMC leadership was quick to hit back, accusing Modi of horse trading, and saying it would complain to the Election Commission about it.

On the campaign trail in West Bengal’s Sreerampur Lok Sabha seat in Hoogly district and Barrackpore constituency in North 24 Parganas, Modi accused TMC chief Mamata Banerjee of nepotism, insisting she wants to politically establish her nephew in West Bengal.

Modi also assailed her over her prime ministerial ambitions, saying “Didi, Dilli door hai (Delhi is far away).”

“Didi, even your MLAs will desert you when the results of this election are out. Your 40 MLAs are in touch with me and all your MLAs will desert you once the BJP wins the election. Political ground has slipped from under your feet,” Modi told an election rally in Sreerampur, targeting the West Bengal chief minister.

TMC group leader in Rajya Sabha Derek O’Brien was quick to allege that Modi was indulging in horse trading.

“Expiry Babu PM, let’s get this straight. Nobody will go with you. Not even one councillor. Are you election campaigning or horse trading! Your expiry date is near. Today, we are complaining to the Election Commission. Charging you with horse trading,” O’Brien tweeted. Mocking Banerjee for often losing her cool as she was “sensing defeat,” Modi said she cannot even dream of becoming the prime minister.

“With just a handful of seats, ‘Didi’ you can’t reach Delhi. Delhi is far away. Going to Delhi is just an excuse. Her real intention is to politically establish her nephew,” he said.

Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek is a sitting MP from Diamond Harbour and the TMC candidate for the seat.

Modi alleged that TMC “goons” were trying to prevent people from voting and attacking BJP workers. He claimed BJP leaders were not being allowed to campaign freely.

The Prime Minister’s remarks came in the wake of reports of violence during the fourth phase of polling in eight Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal.

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