Mamata will become PM, says this BJP man close to Modi...Know what happened next

In a U-turn, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said his remark on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's prime ministerial prospects was made in jest, even as the Opposition claimed that the statement reflected a "tacit understanding" between the TMC and the saffron party.

Mamata will become PM, says this BJP man close to Modi...Know what happened next
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Kolkata, Jan 6: In a U-turn, West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Sunday said his remark on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's prime ministerial prospects was made in jest, even as the Opposition claimed that the statement reflected a "tacit understanding" between the TMC and the saffron party.  



Extending his birthday wishes to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo, Ghosh Saturday said Banerjee "needs to remain fit" because she was currently the only one who had the chance of becoming the first Bengali prime minister.



The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader also claimed that the chief minister was ahead in the race among Bengalis.



"On Saturday, when reporters asked me whether I would like to make any comment on Mamata Banerjee, I just extended my best wishes to her. Whatever I said about her prime ministership was just a joke. I was joking as it was her birthday," Ghosh told PTI.


The Congress, however, said the statement was "sort of an admission" from the state BJP chief, who probably knew that the chances of the saffron party returning to power at the Centre after this year's general election were "slim".


"The statement reflects two things -- a covert understanding between the BJP and the TMC, and that attempts to forge federal fronts are ploys to divide the opposition," senior Congress leader and Leader of Opposition in the state Assembly Abdul Mannan told PTI.
 


Ghosh's remark showed that he was certain that the BJP would not come back to power, he added.


Echoing similar sentiments, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) leadership said the "tacit understanding between the TMC and the BJP is now out in the open".


"We have been saying this for a long time that the TMC and the BJP are playing a fixed political match in the state. Now the state BJP president himself has given a proof of it with his remarks," CPI(M) central committee member Sujan Chakraborty said.


In his defence, Ghosh said his remark should not be taken "seriously".


"Anyone with a bit of political sense can very well say that Mamata Banerjee can never become the prime minister with the number of Lok Sabha seats she has," he said.

When approached, the TMC leadership declined to comment on the issue.

 


Earlier, Ghosh had ruffled a few feathers within his party on Saturday when he said TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has the best chance to become the first Bengali prime minister of the country.


Extending birthday wishes to her, Ghosh said he prayed her good health and success in life "because the fate of our state depends on her success".



"We want her to be fit so that she can work well. She needs to remain fit because if there is any Bengali who has the chance to be the PM from this Bengal, then she is the one," he said.



Asked if anyone from his own party's Bengal unit had the chance to be the PM, Ghosh said that Mamata Banerjee was ahead in the race among Bengalis who can become Prime Minister.


"We can surely have one from Bengal after her. But she has the first chance. We couldn't have Jyoti Basu as the first Bengali prime minister as his party did not allow him to be," Ghosh said.


"We had Pranab Mukherjee from the state as the first Bengali to become President so now it's time to have a Bengali as PM," he added.


The statement had come as a shocker for the state BJP as it is engaged in a bitter fight against the TMC in the state.

News24 Bureau/ PTI


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