Rajya Sabha MP and Samajwadi Party leader Jaya Bachchan on Monday extended her support to Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee. She urged voters to re-elect Mamata to power. The veteran actor is on a three-day trip to Bengal to campaign for the TMC candidates.
While describing Mamata Banerjee as a “single woman fighting against all atrocities”, Jaya Bachchan, who hails from a Bengali family, said, “I have not come here for acting. I have come here because the leader of my party, Akhilesh Yadav, sent me to express our support for the TMC in this election.”
Jaya Bachchan, who addressed the media from the TMC headquarters in Kolkata, attacked the BJP saying the saffron party has failed to break the determination of Mamata Banerjee to move ahead and make Bengal one of the best places in the world.
The veteran actor has been listed as a ‘star campaigner’. Jaya Bachchan will begin with a campaign for three-time Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas, who faces Union Minister Babul Supriyo as a contender for his seat.
Jaya Bachchan is expected to camp in Bengal till April 8, with a joint rally with Mamata Banerjee on the cards. That has not been confirmed yet, though.
She will not say anything against me: Babul Supriyo
Union minister Babul Supriyo claimed that Jaya Bachchan and he were well acquainted, and that while she might target the BJP, she will not speak ill of him.
“I welcome her to Bengal. Though I do not have family relations with her, she knows me very well. She will speak against BJP but will never say anything against me,” he said.
Mamata sought support
Mamata Banerjee on the eve of voting in Nandigram has sought the support of all Opposition parties to defeat the BJP. She said the Opposition must unite and come together to defeat the saffron party.
Notably, elections in Bengal are going to be conducted in eight phases out of which only two phases have been completed. Polling is scheduled on April 6, 10, 17, 22, 26, and 29. The results will be declared on May 2.
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