Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee Thursday indicated that she was open to working with AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa or BSP leader Mayawati in the post poll scenario, but dismissed any possibility of supporting a Narendra Modi-led government.
“I have no problem. I don’t bother (about) the chair, I care for the people,” Mamata said when asked whether she would give support to Jayalalithaa if she wanted to be the prime minister.
Asked whether she, Jayalalithaa and Mayawati, together might have the numbers but could not work together given their strong personalities and temperaments, she said, “You will appreciate that under (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee’s leadership we worked together. So who says we cannot work together? We may work together. Strong personalities can work strongly for the country.”
When reminded that everybody wanted to be the prime minister, she said “If they want to be the prime minister I will give them support, no problem.”
In an interview on Times Now news channel, she said she was willing to remain the Chief Minister of West Bengal as she was “happy with my position” and claimed that she can “give support to all if they are willing to form the government for the betterment of the country”.
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On whether she has PM ambition, Mamata evaded a direct reply saying, “I know my limitations. After the results are out, people will decide.”
Asked whether she would give support to Narendra Modi if in a post-poll scenario that would help him form the government, Mamata categorically said “I will not. We cannot support communal forces. Don’t you know what happened in Gujarat? We cannot, because India is a country with so many languages, caste and creed. We respect all religions,” she said.
Reminded that she had not withdrawn support to NDA after the Gujarat riots, she said, “We demanded Modi’s resignation as chief minister and demanded that the government should go.”
She claimed that Trinamool Congress protested against the Modi government in the Parliament after the riots.
Asked about Modi’s praise for her at a rally in Kolkata last month, she said, “He has been doing this very cleverly. He is saying that you stay in your state and not go out. That’s why I am saying if he had come to Kolkata, I can go to Delhi.”
She said she not support Congress as they have lost all credentials, all credibility. “They have not given us anything. They have not even given us funds for the 100-day work and Sarva Shiksha Mission,” she said.
Asked whether she was not criticising Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi to keep options open, Banerjee said, “He is a junior person. I will not answer any personal question. Ask about the party.”