Thursday, May 19th, 2016

After historic win, Mamata talks of front ending opposition alliance

Narada Desk | May 19, 2016 1:47 pm Print
Even as Mamata Banerjee indicates that she will forge opposition unity against BJP, the firebrand leader was measured in her response about BJP
Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee Thursday indicated that she will play a vital role in forging opposition unity to take on the BJP in the 2019 national vote.

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and West Bengal Chief Minister said her party will have no truck with BJP. “We can’t support BJP, there is lot of ideological differences with BJP.”  However she was not in her usual combative mode, but was measured in her response to queries regarding BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Mamata was addressing  media in Kolkata after the TMC retained power in West Bengal. The historic majority of 217 is way ahead of the 181 seats the TMC took  in 2011 ballot.

She hinted at the revival of the federal front she had mooted during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

However calibrated her response was, she could not take a jibe at Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. She said he is the biggest USP of Narendra Modi.

There will be no corruption in Bengal and we will work to make the state, one of the best in the country, Mamata said.

She also said it is magic of “Maa, Mati, Manush” and thanked people of West Bengal for reposing their faith in Trinamool. “It is a fitting reply from the people of Bengal,” she said.  She attacked Left, Congress for the malicious campaign against the TMC. “All efforts were made to insult and discredit me and my party,” she added.

After retaining rule in Bengal, Mamata said TMC’s next big focus will be Tripura, a state ruled by communists for decades.

Mamata said a section of media had tried to target her. She added that Narada sting was a conspiracy against her.

Mamata declared a 11-day ‘vijay divas’ in the state. She will meet the newly elected legislators on Friday.  The new government will take oath on 27 May and the Assembly session will commence two days later.