Preparation Starts For LS Polls, Mamata Pushes Ministers On Development Work

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Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has reportedly instructed party MPs to submit reports on development projects funded by MPLAD schemes by September.

The chief minister Mamata Banerjee is pushing her bureaucrats and ministers to deliver on development projects by September-October in the firm belief that the 2019 Lok Sabha polls could be advanced to any time later this year.

The chief minister said in an administrative meeting in Howrah district on Thursday, “The polls might be announced any time. So be ready. I will not tolerate any lapse or delay in completion of development projects.”

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee is pushing her bureaucrats and ministers to deliver on development projects by September-October in the belief that the 2019 Lok Sabha polls could be advanced to any time later this year.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief is saying that the general elections may be brought forward suddenly and they have to be ready with completion of the development projects.
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP won 282 seats out of the total of 543 seats but in the last four years, state elections have been held in India’s 15 states out of the total of 29 and the results show that while in 2014, the BJP got 191 Lok Sabha seats from these 15 states, the assembly elections results aggregated to a tally of 146 seats for the BJP. This means a loss of 45 seats already in these 15 states.

It is noteworthy that the BJP got 39 per cent vote share in these 15 states in 2014 Lok Sabha elections and now in the wake of the assembly elections in those 15 states, the BJP’s vote share has gone down to 29 per cent – a substantial loss of ten per cent.

She had earlier said that it suits the purpose of development work if all the seats are won by the ruling party in the state. Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha seats out of which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah wants to win at least 22.

For the TMC chief, the 2019 Lok Sabha polls are extremely significant because she has stepped out of her state politics to help set up an anti-BJP front of regional parties at the national level.

All the anti-BJP political parties are convinced that if the major political parties, especially the Congress and the regional parties join hands, the BJP can be brought down from its present level of 282 Lok Sabha seats to less than 150 in the 2019 poll.

Over the last few months she has held meetings, or spoken on phone with leaders of a number of parties, from the DMK to Shiv Sena, Telangana Rashtra Samithi to Patidar movement leader Hardik Patel of Gujarat. Mamata had a meeting with the Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on March 28 and it appears that Sonia was emphatic on the leading role of the Congress in this proposed anti-BJP front.

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