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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has claimed that she has information that the Narendra Modi-led Central government is planning “another strike” in the month of April to gain political mileage in the Lok Sabha polls.

Banerjee has declined to elaborate or specify what “strike” she is referring to. But her comment comes barely a fortnight since the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out an air strike on militant hideouts at Balakot in Pakistan. Also, she has added the prefix “another” in her comment.

“I have got some information from senior journalists…it is a very important information. They (the Centre) are planning another strike, what strike I will not say. Another strike in the name of so called so called so called in the month of April. That’s why this (elections will be) continued up to 19 May,” the Bengal CM has told reporters while leaving state secretariat Nabanna this evening.

Even in insisting that she has nothing against the Election Commission of India (EC) over the election schedule, Banerjee said: “The elections in Bengal, Bihar, and UP have been spread over seven phases as per the BJP’s game plan.”

Banerjee maintained that she has never seen such a prolonged election here that dragged almost till the end of May.

This is because around this time, the weather in Bengal gets hostile nor’wester starting from April and it gets extremely hot, she said.

The Trinamool chief alleged that BJP is planning to disturb Bengal. “But we have no problem. I am very happy (that) they will get a befitting reply as we will win 42 out of 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.”

Banerjee also maintained that Bihar, Bengal, and UP will play a key role in forming the new government.

“BJP insults Bengal. They think people of Bengal are fools and don’t understand anything. But during the past elections, people of Bengal have demonstrated how intelligent they are and they will demonstrate this again. In the coming days Bengal will rebuild the nation,” she said.

Banerjee informed that the Trinamool steering committee and the district unit presidents will meet in Kolkata at 1.15 pm tomorrow and then she will announce the party’s Lok Sabha candidate list at 3.30 pm.

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