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Mamata Banerjee's govt to fall within 6 months, says Sunil Deodhar

"Mamata Banerjee is solely responsible for her speedy fall from grace," said Sunil Deodhar.

, ET Bureau|
May 24, 2019, 06.58 AM IST
We are expecting an exodus from Trinamool Congress, said Sunil Deodhar.
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government will fall in West Bengal within six months, the BJP’s national secretary in-charge of Andhra Pradesh and Tripura, Sunil Deodhar, told Madhuparna Das after the results showed a saffron surge in the state. Excerpts:

It took West Bengal almost 34 years to shift from Left parties to Trinamool Congress. How did it turn saffron in just eight years?
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee is solely responsible for her speedy fall from grace. She does not want to believe that her support base on the ground has completely eroded. Mamata Banerjee failed to read the expectations of the people.

Opposition parties blamed the BJP for polarising voters in West Bengal on religious lines…
Today, if you are looking at it as a polarised election, then for that Mamata Banerjee is responsible. Everywhere in the country, Muharram and Durga Visarjan (idol immersion) coincided. In fact, these two occasions coincided during the Left regime as well. Have you ever heard of any of these respective governments putting visarjan on hold for two days? Durga Puja in Bengal is more like a social festival than a religious festival. She played with the local sentiments that way. And in Bengal, there is a section in Muslim society who wants peace and development. But the other section goes generally by the directions from the clerics. This is how the election got polarised here.

How do you think the transfer of votes happened on the ground?
Ma Maati Manush (mother, motherland, people – Trinamool Congress slogan) started losing ground here. Everything that has been happening in Bengal over the past two years went against Mamata. Modi ji has been attacked in the ugliest way in the state.

How will you take this saffron surge forward?
Within six months, Mamata Banerjee’s government will fall. We are expecting an exodus from Trinamool Congress.

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