Karnataka polls: Result spells beginning of the end for BJP, says Mamata

Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, declared that the outcome of the Karnataka elections signifies the beginning of the BJP's decline.

Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal, Bayron Biswas, TMC, Congress-Left alliance
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted on Saturday that the Karnataka electoral results mark the initiation of the BJP’s downfall.

Banerjee also asserted the moral of the Karnataka assembly poll results is that people want plurality and that no central design to dominate can repress them.

Congratulating people in Karnataka for their mandate in favour of change, the TMC supremo said that brute authoritarian and majoritarian politics has been vanquished.

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She forecast that the saffron party would lose in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, too, where it faces off with the Congress, which steamrolled the BJP in Karnataka in results announced on Saturday.

“This is the beginning of the end of the BJP before 2024 Lok Sabha polls. People have voted against the arrogance and intolerance of the BJP.

I think the saffron party will also lose the upcoming elections in Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, Banerjee told newspersons gathered in front of her house, after seeing off actor Salman Khan who had come to pay her a visit.

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Earlier in the day, she had tweeted her ebullient comments after it became apparent that the BJP, her rival in Bengal, was losing in the southern citadel of Karnataka.

“My salutations to the people of Karnataka for their decisive mandate in favour of change!! Brute authoritarian and majoritarian politics is vanquished!!

When people want plurality and democratic forces to win, no central design to dominate can repress their spontaneity: that is the moral of the story, lesson for tomorrow,” Banerjee said.

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As late as March this year, the fiery TMC chief had said she would maintain equidistance from both the BJP and Congress only to change her stance after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as a Lok Sabha MP.

After a meeting with JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar last month, Banerjee had formally announced she would be part of a united opposition, including the Congress, which would challenge the BJP in 2024.

Her comments on Saturday are being seen not only as a strong attack on the BJP, but an indirect endorsement of the Congress, as it will take on the saffron party in the other major state elections Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan – before the Parliamentary elections in 2024.

(With agency inputs)