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Hitting out at BJP, Mamata Banerjee has message for Congress too


New Delhi: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at the Narendra Modi government at a rally organised jointly by Trinamool Congress and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in Delhi on Wednesday and also used the opportunity to send a message to the Congress that anti-BJP votes should not get split in the upcoming general election.

“Today was the last day of Parliament session and elections will be announced within a month from now,” Banerjee said at the ‘Tanashahi Hatao, Loktantra Bachao’ (remove dictatorship, save democracy)’ rally at Jantar Mantar. “Once the elections are announced, there will be a code of conduct and Modi government won’t be able to further intimidate people.”

“Democracy has become NaMocracy. We all are fighting and in public service for so long and Modi ji says we all are thieves and only he is perfect…,” she said.

Amid speculation that the Congress could align with the Left parties in West Bengal, she devoted a good part of her speech to convey to the Congress that strong regional parties should fight against the BJP in their respective states.

“In UP, the SP-BSP-RLD are strong and they should fight with the BJP. In Bengal, we are strong and we will fight with the BJP. In Andhra Pradesh, TDP should fight the BJP. There should be an attempt not to divide the anti-BJP votes in the states,” she said. “In Delhi, AAP is strong and it should fight to win all the seven seats.” Commenting further on Congress, Banerjee suggested that the Congress is strong in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh and that it should fight there. “We could have also contested in other states, but we know our strength and we don’t want to make it easier for the BJP,” she said.

The Congress deputed Anand Sharma to represent it at the rally, although Congress president Rahul Gandhi was also invited. Sharma spoke before Banerjee and had left by the time she began her speech. “There is a possibility that in several states the alliance doesn’t work out, but wherever it is possible such efforts should be made to defeat the BJP,” Sharma said in his address.

Earlier in the day, Banerjee was miffed at the Congress, whose MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury attacked the West Bengal government over Saradha scam in his speech in Parliament.

Source: Economic Times