Mamata Banerjee hails AAP victory, hopes BJP will now withdraw CAA

Published : February 11, 2020 16:31 IST

Chief Ministers Arvind Kejriwal and Mamata Banerjee during a rally in New Delhi in 2016. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee hailed the victory of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) over the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as a “people’s victory” over “politics of hatred”. In a social media message, Mamata said, “Congratulations @ArvindKejriwal as #DelhiResults show @AamAadmiParty all set to win #DelhiElection2020 with a thumping majority yet again. Leaders playing on faith through hate speech & divisive politics should take a cue, as only those who deliver on their promises are rewarded.”

In the early afternoon of February 11, when the trend firmly indicated a sweeping victory for the AAP, Mamata announced, “I have already congratulated Arvind Kejriwal (national convener of AAP and Delhi Chief Minister). He and I have a cordial relationship…. At one time when he was being harassed by the BJP, we had all rushed to his support. We are very happy that in spite of so much narrow, communal politics of hatred, the victory belonged to the people and to democracy.”

Mamata, who is expected to face a stiff challenge from the BJP in the 2021 Assembly election in the State, said that since returning to power at the Centre in 2019, the saffron party is “slowly getting stateless”, alluding to the BJP’s recent losses in Maharashtra and Jharkhand. “BJP has been losing continuously in recent elections. That is because the people have rejected their narrow, divisive politics. People want jobs; they want roti, kapda, makaan (food, clothing and house); they want development,” she said.

The Trinamool has been most vocal in its opposition to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the National Population Register (NPR) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and has made these three issues its main handles to attack the BJP. After the AAP’s victory, Mamata said that she hoped the BJP would at least now withdraw the CAA, the NPR and the NRC.