Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s speech at the Brigade Parade Ground Thursday drew sharp criticism from parties across the political spectrum.
West Bengal Pradesh Congress Committee president, Pradeep Bhattacharya, said that Mamata was day dreaming of forming a government at the Centre.
“When Jyoti Basu proposed a similar idea, he had a plan and we have seen him share the stage with Atal Bihari Vajpayee. But in her case, it is a vague idea.
Who will lead the front? Even those who are clamouring for it know it has no political possibility,” Bhattacharya said.
He alleged that Mamata had kept her options open for an alliance with the BJP if it comes to power. “She has not said anything against Modi or that her party will not support the BJP if it comes to power… she is keeping her options open,” he added.
Senior CPM leader Mohammad Selim said Mamata did not have anything substantial to say on pressing issues such as price rise, unemployment or communalism.
“Farmers are dying as prices of seeds, fertilizers and other essentials are rising but the CM is quiet,” he said, adding the CM has given a new meaning to the word ‘democracy’ because on one hand she claims her partymen have never attacked anyone, on the other we have seen her promoting certain newspapers and TV channels while shunning those that have spoken against her.
“Her party president Anubrata Mondal instigates others to attack election candidates and cops. Reporters were attacked at Jadavpur and police personnel Tapas Chowdhury was killed by her men,” Selim added.
The CPM leader also took a dig at Mamata’s federal front and said she was dreaming of assuming power in Delhi. “In the past we have seen members from the BJP, NCP and SP sharing the stage with her.
Now, when she says all regional parties should unite, all her friends were absent today. Today’s rally was a programme comprising filmstars.”
He said all the pomp seen today was sponsored by chit fund companies. “The profligacy that the party had indulged has been funded by the protection money paid by chit fund companies and money that has been collected from rampant corruption.”
Meanwhile, BJP state president Rahul Sinha said no one will support Mamata in the formation of a federal front. “None of the leaders are with her. Everyone has come to know who she really is. The federal front is her wishful thinking,” he said.