Despite Narendra Modi’s overtures to the Trinamool Congress during his rally at Kolkata’s Brigade Parade Ground Tuesday, the ruling partly of Bengal stoutly refused any alliance with the BJP — even after the Lok Sabha elections.
The statement came from minister for urban development Firhad Hakim who said that only a “secular”and “transparent” government would come to power in Delhi after the parliamentary elections.
“Our leader (Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee) has already made it clear that we would not have any truck with the BJP under any circumstances. We don’t want a government with people who perpetrated manslaughter. The Congress is a sinking ship. Modi can never become the prime minister. We believe a government comprising representatives of the regional parties will come to power at the Centre,’’ Hakim said at his office Writers’ Building.
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The minister said the BJP should have cut its coat according to its cloth. “Those who do not have the wherewithal of even filling up a small patch under Gandhi statue (at Maidan), have dared to convene a rally at Brigade Parade Ground. They should have chosen a city park. The rally was a flop.’’ Criticising Modi for his statements, like the one that only four per cent of girls’ schools in West Bengal have toilets, Hakim said the BJP prime ministerial candidate did not do his homework thoroughly.