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TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee dares Amit Shah to contest LS

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Senior TMC Friday challenged BJP Shah to contest coming polls from

Banerjee, MP, said that people of are looking up to TMC supremo and Chief Minister to lead the nation after 2019.

He questioned why Shah didn't have the guts to conduct a press conference Thursday when was still

"Shah is saying his next target is I want to challenge him if he has the guts he should contest elections from any of the 42 seats in West Bengal. I would ensure that he loses the election," Abhishek said while addressing a rally in North Kolkata.

In an apparent reference to switchover of party to BJP, Abhsihek Banerjee said the those who have rejected by the TMC are treated as "gems" in BJP.

"Those who have been rejected by TMC, who are basically not but garbage on our party, all of a sudden have become gems in BJP. This is the condition of BJP in Bengal. I can assure all of you that BJP won't win even a single seat in Bengal," he said.

The BJP leadership has earmarked Bengal as a priority state and it's Shah has set a target of winning 22 of the 42 seats in Bengal.

He (Shah) was conducting a press conference Friday if he had the guts he should have conducted it Thursday when Alok Verma was still CBI chief, Banerjee said in a apparent reference to uncomfortable questions that have been raised against BJP over the fighter jet deal.

Banerjee, who is also nephew of Mamata, said the countdown for the "anti people" has begun.

"is the leading light that the people of are looking at to oust the at the centre," he said.

Mocking the defeat of BJP in three hindi heartland states, Banerjee said BJP for last 4.5 years gave used CBI and ED as a tool to silence political opponents and detractors but has failed to do so with TMC.

"The TMC is the only political party which has not surrendered before the intimidation tactics of BJP. The more they threatened us with CBI and ED the more stronger we emerged by defeating all threats and intimidation," he said.

in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandopadhyay gave the call to ensure that the next government at the centre is formed under the leadership

Bandopadhyay criticised for giving nominal time to the parliament and not delivering a single speech in the winter session of the Parliament.

"We have never witnessed such a incident where Prime Minister comes to parliament just for few minutes and doesn't deliver a single speech on any of the issues. Where are we heading to. The people of this country should take a call in the next Lok Sabha polls," he said.

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First Published: Fri, January 11 2019. 21:20 IST