Kolkata: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee has alleged vote loot in Uttar Pradesh to defeat Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav, for whom she had campaigned. She said the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader shouldn’t be disheartened because his vote share has increased. The Bengal chief minister also sought forensic test of the same EVM machines.
“Akhilesh has improved his vote and seat share while the BJP’s tally went down by 54. There were so many complaints over EVM and one DM was also suspended. There was vote loot. There should be forensic tests of the EVMs,” she said on Friday.
Once again, Mamata pitched in the idea of a unity of all regional parties after BJP’s victory in four states — Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Goa — and Congress’ disastrous poll performance.
Speaking at the assembly, Mamata said the Congress is losing their capability. “Nothing will happen depending on Congress…They are losing the capability. All regional parties should be united. Even if they exclude me, no issue, let them be together,” she said.
Besides putting up a poor show in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa and Manipur, the Congress has been routed out of its bastion Punjab where the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday registered a landslide victory.
Reacting to her party drawing a blank in the Goa elections, Mamata said, “We have got six percent votes in just three months. It is more than enough.”
Tax exemption for CNG vehicles
The Mamata Banerjee government in their Budget for 2022-23 has proposed exemption from road taxes for two years for battery-operated and CNG vehicles. Meanwhile, her government has put on hold all payments for March till the budget for the next fiscal is approved. On Friday, BJP MLAs staged a walkout in the West Bengal Assembly as Bengal Finance Minister Chandrima Bhattacharya started presenting the Budget for the year 2022-23.