Addressing a rally in Guwahati, the West Bengal chief minister said: “The Congress and BJP have formed dosti (friendship). They have established a syndicate. This has to be resisted,” while referring to the creation of Telangana state. “It is time for the people to bring a change,” she added.
While hitting out at the Congress for its “policy of political vendetta”, she slammed the BJP for projecting Narendra Modi, “a person who instigated communal riots, as its prime ministerial candidate”. “We had supported Atal Bihari Vajpayee because he was a respectable person,” she said referring to the TMC being a part of the NDA government, and added: “But we cannot support a person who instigated communal riots” without taking Narendra Modi’s name.
Banerjee also slammed the Tarun Gogoi government in Assam for “repeated instances of violence” in the state. “The Congress is in the habit of triggering off violence. Remember how thousands of people had to flee to my state (West Bengal) during the violence in Assam recently? You have been voting for the Congress for the last two terms in Assam. But why has peace not returned to Assam? Why is there so much violence, protests, atrocities, terror and tears?” she spoke in Bengal interspersed with few Assamese.
In a bid to strike a chord with local population, she said she knew all the Bengali songs sung by legendary Assamese singer Bhupen Hazarika by heart.
“I have great admiration for him. I particularly like his ‘manuhe manuhor babey’ song in which he talks about universal brotherhood and humanity,” she said.
Criticising the UPA II government for its television campaign showcasing its achievements, Banerjee said: “Look at the election gimmick the Congress has launched. You can’t watch television. They claim they have made roads, they have made schools, they have made hospitals. As if others have done nothing, When elections come they release advertisements through television. The remaining five years they are not to be seen.”
She said her party’s agenda if it got the opportunity to share power at the Centre in the next government would be to bring a change in the land acquisition policy. “The current land acquisition policy is very bad,” she said.