West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee confidently stated that had the World Cup final occurred in Mumbai or Kolkata, India would have emerged victorious.

West Bengal’s Chief Minister, Mamata Banerjee, criticized the BJP, alleging that the Indian cricket team, except for the final, had won all their matches in the World Cup, which she claimed was attended by “sinners.” During an address to Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers at Kolkata’s Netaji Indoor Stadium, she asserted that India would have emerged victorious if the final match had been held in Kolkata or Mumbai. Banerjee also accused attempts to “saffronise” the cricket team, mentioning the introduction of saffron practice jerseys.

“They are trying to paint the entire country saffron. We are proud of our Indian players, and I believe that we would have won the World Cup if the finals had taken place in Calcutta or Wankhede (in Mumbai). They even tried to saffronise the team by introducing saffron practice jerseys. The players resisted, and as a result, they did not have to wear those jerseys during the matches,” she said.

Banerjee, targeting the BJP, further implied that misfortune follows certain individuals, suggesting, “Wherever sinners go, they carry their sins along.” Without specifying anyone, she referenced the World Cup, noting that India won all matches, except the one attended by those she referred to as “sinners.”

Earlier, Rahul Gandhi of the Congress used the ‘panauti’ term against PM Narendra Modi, who attended the World Cup final India lost. The BJP urged action from the Election Commission against Gandhi for his statement.

Last Updated on November 23, 2023

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