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BJP will not get 100 seats in 2024 Lok Sabha polls, says CM Mamata Banerjee after Congress victory in Karnataka elections


West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Saturday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will not even win 100 seats in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections after the Congress wins Karnataka assembly elections.

“They (BJP) managed about 300 seats in the Lok Sabha during peak hours. Now I don’t think they even exceed 100 seats,” Banerjee told reporters at her residence in Kolkata.

She said BJP would lose upcoming parliamentary elections in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. It is the beginning of the BJP’s end ahead of the 2024 elections, she added.

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“It is decided that the BJP will lose the upcoming (Lok Sabha) elections. All but one or two states have slipped out of their hands. If they say they would win back the seats, they won’t. Once it’s lost, it’s lost. Now people want change,” said Banerjee.

CM Mamata Banerjee also shed light on the prospect of the third front led by regional satraps to face the BJP in the 2024 elections.

“That is already there. Discussions are underway. Regional parties consult each other. If any party, be it a regional or a national party, has a stronghold in a state, let them fight the BJP one-on-one,” she said.

The results for the May 10 polls were announced on Saturday, with Congress coming out on top as it won 135 seats and led by one seat.

The Congress won 135 seats, the BJP 65 and the JD(S) 19 in the elections.

In the polls just concluded, Congress’ vote share zoomed in at 42.88 percent; that of JD(S) fell to 13.29 percent. BJP’s vote share was 36 percent.

Joanna Swanson

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