Today on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee addressed her supporters virtually. With an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, she mentioned her famous, ‘Khela Hobe’ slogan.
Addressing the nation virtually, CM Mamata Banerjee slammed the BJP government and reiterated that ‘Khela’ (game) will happen in all states until the BJP is removed from the country. “The BJP took India to darkness,” she said in her speech which was telecast in various languages in different states including Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Punjab, Tripura and poll-bound Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
Adding to her ‘Khela Hobe’, she mentioned that August 16 will be celebrated as ‘Khela Diwas’ which will be marked by distributing footballs to poor children. “Khela will happen in all states until BJP is removed from the country,” she added.
Banerjee thanked leaders of the Congress, NCP, SP, Shiv Sena, and several other parties for joining her rally virtually from New Delhi. She said all those opposed to the BJP and its “authoritarian regime” should defeat it.
She criticized the Centre over the Pegasus spyware alleging that the BJP wants to turn India into a surveillance state instead of a democratic country. “Our phones are being tapped. Pegasus is dangerous and ferocious,” she said. She claimed that the money collected as a tax on fuel is being used by the BJP to spy on its opponent.
Reportedly, several prominent political leaders were potential targets of Israeli spyware. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, recently-appointed railways, communications and IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw, and poll strategist Prashant Kishor and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee were allegedly targeted for surveillance by the Pegasus spyware.
Furthermore, she spoke about her recent poll victory against the BJP in West Bengal. “Despite all odds, we won because people in Bengal voted for us and we received blessings from people in country, world,” she said.
July 21 is commemorated as Martyr’s Day by TMC to remember the 13 people who were killed in police firing in Kolkata during a Youth Congress rally in 1993. The rally was led by Banerjee who was then the leader of the Youth Congress wing in the state.