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Mamata Banerjee has best chance to be first PM from state: Bengal BJP chief
At a time when Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party are bitter opponents, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh on Saturday triggered a controversy by saying that chief minister Mamata Banerjee is the fittest person to be the first prime minister from Bengal.
He even said that Banerjee’s name was first in the list of leaders who can be prime minister. He made the statement, the video of which was uploaded on Youtube around 9.15 pm, while wishing Banerjee good health on her birthday. Born on Jan 5, 1955, the Bengal chief minister turned 64 on Saturday.
“Bengal’s fate depends on her success. She needs to be in good health because if someone from Bengal is selected a prime minister she has the brightest chance,” said Ghosh. When asked why no BJP leader from Bengal could be in the race, he said, “Maybe later. She will be first choice if someone from Bengal is selected. Jyoti Basu could have been the first Bengali to get that opportunity but his party (CPI-M) did not allow him...”
As the video went viral, Ghosh said that he was wishing Banerjee on her birthday and did not want to say anything bad. “She dreams of being the next PM. So I wished her luck. Of course Narendra Modi will lead the country again in 2019,” said Ghosh.
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