Terming the present situation in the country is worsening than emergency, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today called for a united fight by opposition parties. On her party, she asserted that she would fight along with the Congress and Left at the national level despite their bitter rivalry in the state. Democracy has become ‘Namocracy’ under PM Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, she added.
Addressing a mega rally organized by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Aravind Kejriwal at Delhi’s Janta Mantar, in which leaders of several opposition parties were present, she declared that opposition parties will fight unitedly at the national level.
“We will fight collectively in coming days. Whatever fight we have with the Congress, CPM will be limited to state. We will fight together at the national level. Let them fight against me, I don’t mind. For the interest of the nation, I’m ready to sacrifice my life/party,” she added.
Banerjee’s statement is seen as her most pronounced pitch for the prime ministerial post, despite the TMC’s differences with the Congress and Left in West Bengal. She also attacked the Centre over the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar at his home, saying she had not seen a government that “stooped so low”.
“It is Prime Minister’s last day as an elected leader in Parliament today,” she said after the Lok Sabha adjourned sine die. “Everyone is afraid of Gabbar Singh. There are two of them — (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and (BJP chief Amit) Shah,” she added.
A host of opposition leaders including TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, National Conference’s Farooq Abdullah, Nationalist Congress Party’s Sharad Pawar, Sharad Yadav, SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav, CPI’s D Raja and CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury spoke during the rally.
Ironically, her assertion comes hours after Banerjee, upset with Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s attack on her over the Saradha chit fund case in the Lok Sabha, registered her displeasure with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Parliament. Sources said Gandhi, while trying to placate her, said, “We are accusing each other but we are friends,” to which the TMC chief responded: “I will remember.”
She appealed to all opposition parties to mombilise their strengths and not cut into each other’s votes. She also asked them to ensure that they get all the seats in the states they are strong in. “Whichever party is strong should work there, fight there against the BJP, in Delhi, it’s AAP, in UP, it is BSP, SP, in Kashmir, there is Farooq Abdullah…For higher good, some sacrifices are needed…If we want, we can fight in many more seats, but we never do this for the higher good,” she said.