KOLKATA: "The CM has made the speech out of frustration. It is good that she spent 95% of her speech targeting BJP. It proves that we have won hearts in Bengal," said Bengal BJP President and MP Dilip Ghosh.

Reading into the chief minister’s one-hour virtual rally, the Bengal BJP president on Tuesday said that Mamata Banerjee would hold the July 21 rally next year too but not as CM.

“She may hold the rally. We will give her permission. This is her last July 21 rally as CM,” Dilip Ghosh said.

Responding to Banerjee’s appeal to Trinamool workers to make BJP lose deposits in the 2021 assembly polls, Ghosh said: “The CM has made the speech out of frustration. It is good that she spent 95% of her speech targeting BJP. It proves that we have won hearts in Bengal.”

“Mamata Banerjee”, he continued, “had appealed to people to give 42 out of 42 seats to Trinamool in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Some of her partymen had floated dreams about her being PM. I had said unishe half, ekushe saaf (Trinamool will be reduced to half in 2019 and will lose elections in 2021). See what happened.”

The BJP leader recalled how Trinamool had won 34% panchayat seats in the 2018 rural polls uncontested.

“As many as 12 people were killed in the run-up to rural polls. What kind of democracy is this? Even now, our BJP MP had to move high court to distribute relief to people,” Ghosh said.

On Banerjee’s jibe at BJP-ruled states, the Bengal BJP president said: “There is no democracy in West Bengal. The government is running the 105 municipalities through the back door. Voters are being deprived of making a popular choice.”