Regional parties must unite to fight BJP: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Mamata asked BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits to shun the “divide and rule politics” and respect all religion.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:April 22, 2017 1:14 am
CM Mamata Banerjee, Wb CM Mamata Banerjee, Narada sting case, CBI, Indian Express, Indian Express News, Kolkata News Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee

BACK FROM her three-day trip to Odisha, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday said it was the “need of the hour” for all regional parties to come together and stand united against the BJP. Setting her sight of national politics, Mamata said that her party would “fly the flag of Trinamool Congress throughout the country” and contest the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Punjab.

Slamming the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for “putting Trinamool MPs in jails with the help of CBI”, the TMC chief said the people of the country would put an end to this “jail ka khel”. She was speaking after being elected as the Trinamool chairperson for six years at the party’s organisational polls held at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata.

“It is the need of the hour for all parties to come together. We want the unity of all regional parties. I appeal to them to be together. Be united. Our party must unite the people of the country and our strategy is to unite all regional parties against the BJP. They are trying to destroy the federal structure of the country,” she said.

On her plans for Punjab, Mamata said: “Workers from our Punjab unit have come here. I want to tell them keep up the good work because we will contest Lok Sabha polls from there. I will visit the Golden Temple someday. We will also do well in next Assembly elections in Tripura. In the days to come, our workers will reach out to the people in every block of the country…”

“We will support regional parties. Somewhere we will contest along with them and somewhere alone. The All-India Trinamool Congress will fly its flags throughout the country for the interest of the people, for the interest of unity and for the interest of all religions,” she added.

This comes a day after Mamata met Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in Bhubaneshwar.

Accusing the Centre of pursuing “vendetta politics”, Mamata alleged the government was using CBI to put Trinamool MPs and ministers in jail in chit fund scams. “BJP is attacking us because we are vocal about certain issues like demonetisation. Our party works to protect the interest of the people and that’s why they are attacking us. They are using agencies like CBI to destroy us and put our MPs and ministers in jails, so that there will be no Trinamool government in Bengal. How many will they put in jail? One day, the people of the country will put an end to their jail ka khel.”

Mamata claimed the situation prevailing in the country was more severe than what it was during Emergency. “They have put our MP, Sudip Bandyopadhyay, in jail. He has been there for months without a fair trial. This is (even) dangerous than Emergency. Our minister Madan Mitra was in jail for two years. What was his fault? They put him in jail just because he was seen with someone in a meeting. But we are not afraid. One day Sudipda will come out of jail as a hero,” she said.

The CM went on to ask the 12 Trinamool leaders, who have been booked by the CBI in the Narada sting case, to be strong. “They (leaders) had fought and that’s why cases have been lodged against them. But they can never prove that they are guilty. Be brave and be strong, there is no need to be afraid,” she told the accused leaders.

Mamata asked BJP and Sangh Parivar outfits to shun the “divide and rule politics” and respect all religion. “Recently, a fatwa was issued against me and now, someone said he will not allow me to visit Jagannath Temple in Puri. There cannot be zabardasti on what I will eat and where I will go… we do not believe in such politics. They are deciding who is a Hindu and who is not. They are deciding everything. This is against our Constitution. This is not the culture of the country. We must respect each other. We never disrespect others and that is our culture,” she said.

Warning her party workers against the “negative campaign” against Trinamool in the social media, the CM asked them to stay alert and check the entry of outsiders in Bengal. “Some sister organisations of BJP are indulging in a negative campaign against us in the social media and spreading misinformation. They are getting funds from outside to play this dirty politics. Counter them in the social media. Unless we dethrone BJP from power in Delhi, our struggle against them will continue. We have to fight against this conspiracy,” Mamata said.

“I am also getting reports that RSS, Bajrang Dal and other similar outfits are sending their cadres from states like Gujarat, Maharasthra, Bihar, Jharkhand and others to our state to create unrest. We have to keep vigil. Be alert and identify the outsiders from other states and inform the local police stations. We will not tolerate this politics of revenge,” she added.

Criticising the display of arms during the recent Ram Navami rallies in the state, Mamata said: “Does religion mean carrying arms? I have never seen such rallies in the state. In the name of Ram, they are doing it. There is a limit. I will not allow this display of arms in the name of Ram.”

For all the latest Cities News, download Indian Express App

  1. A
    Ad
    Apr 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm
    A,mental woman is roaming at night in kolkata . If wear white sari and roam in chapoal, on roads at late nights, what type of woman is that ???
    Reply
    1. R
      ramesh ahuja
      Apr 22, 2017 at 3:04 pm
      THIS WOMAN NEEDS to be arrested ASAP.Threat to our country and society. Not be allowed entry in any temple.
      Reply
      1. D
        Dash
        Apr 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm
        Corrupt Bibi has been ruining WB rapidly. Jihadi didi has been appeasing mullahs. Her fight is to save her corrupt empire and promote votebank politucs. Hindus are being trwated as 2nd cl citizens in her State.
        Reply
        1. V
          vnksk
          Apr 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm
          The anti Hindu coalition that Muslim Mamta is talking,has been ruling for 60yrs disguised as Cong. Hindus have to increase their unity further to vanish such anti Hindu communal parties.
          Reply
          1. P
            Pradeep.
            Apr 22, 2017 at 11:04 am
            Your such a arrogant lady, how can you know about religion. The main problem of you is your not getting some money from center, so that you can use it to fed to your maulas. First save your state, then you can think about other state.
            Reply
            1. S
              Suhan
              Apr 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm
              Expected comments from haters this is the fact of majoritarians, they cant see the peace unlike killings in UP, Rajasthan...etc. Grow up man compare it with your open eyes dont follow trolls and result will be in front of you.
              Reply
              1. L
                Lalu
                Apr 22, 2017 at 1:28 pm
                Looks like you have not grown up mentally. Hindus were repressed by Sonia and her mute PM. Those days are gone buddy. It is equal rights for everyone. The minorities were given more and were treated as vote banks. Those days are over. Mamta is a thug and so are the commies in WBengal which has become a part of Bangladesh by allowing infiltration and illegal settlements.
            2. R
              Ram
              Apr 22, 2017 at 10:57 am
              Well said by the lioness of Bengal
              Reply
              1. R
                Rahul
                Apr 22, 2017 at 11:34 am
                meow...
                Reply
              2. M
                mahendra vihtlani
                Apr 22, 2017 at 10:53 am
                Since comunist entered politics in west bengal they are never with the centre only if center offer themRaiway ministry.
                Reply
                1. k
                  k.madhukar
                  Apr 22, 2017 at 10:32 am
                  Whoever thought of democracy may not have imagined one day it would throw up crazy leaders like Mamta, Kejriwal, as elected netas.
                  Reply
                  1. S
                    Suhan
                    Apr 22, 2017 at 12:51 pm
                    Where is democracy, find it. You are dumb and deaf.
                    Reply
                  2. Load More Comments