Mamata Banerjee Offers “Outside Support” to INDIA Bloc Amidst Bengal Election Heat

Kolkata: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, who previously put her membership of the INDIA bloc on hold due to a disagreement with the Congress over seat-sharing, seems to have softened her stance.

Today, she announced that her party would offer “outside support” to the opposition bloc if it comes to power after the general election.

“We will lead the INDIA alliance and support them from the sidelines. Our aim is to ensure that the people of Bengal, especially women and those participating in the 100-days-job scheme, face no obstacles,” she stated.

Banerjee clarified that her definition of the INDIA bloc excludes the CPM and the Bengal Congress, led by her rival Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. She emphasized that these two parties are aligned with the BJP, not with her alliance.

This shift in Banerjee’s position coincides with the completion of elections in 70% of the country. However, three rounds of voting remain, including in Bengal.

The BJP, having consolidated its position in the Hindi heartland, is now focusing on making gains in the south and Bengal, eyeing the state’s 42 Lok Sabha seats. PM Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah have been actively campaigning in Bengal amidst the scorching summer heat.

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