New Delhi: A day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be defeated across the country in the next Lok Sabha elections in 2024, Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi chose to respond to the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief in her own language.
Responding to Mamata Banerjee’s calls that it will be ‘khela hobe‘ again in 2024, Pralhad Joshi said that even the BJP will do ‘khela‘ in the 2024 General Elections. He, however, urged the opposition parties to allow discussions in the Parliament during the ongoing Winter Session.
“There is a lot of time left in the 2024 elections. We will also do ‘khela‘ at the time of the Lok Sabha election, you also do the same, but let parliament discussions take place now,” Pralhad Joshi said.
I want to see BJP lose across the country in 2024
On Wednesday, Banerjee had said – “I want to see the BJP lose across the country in the 2024 elections. It will be Khela Hobey (there will be a game) again.” The ‘khela hobe‘ slogan of the TMC had gained immense popularity in the run-up to the West Bengal Assembly polls which witnessed Mamata Banerjee’s return as the Chief Minister of the eastern state.
Riding high on the victory, Banerjee has been making visible attempts to project herself as a national leader and has been meeting leaders of various opposition parties to create a united opposition against the BJP. The TMC has already opened a unit in Goa and met several leaders such as Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena leaders Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut among others.
Meanwhile, the opposition has been stalling the proceedings of the Parliament demanding the suspension of Union Minister of State Ajay Kumar Teni over the Lakhimpur violence. Responding to a question on the matter, Pralhad Joshi said that a Supreme Court-monitored investigation is going on in the Lakhimpur Kheri case.
“Parliament is a place for discussions. We want to take constructive suggestions from the Opposition. We call them for discussions but they refuse,” he said.