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Mamata has clean heart, can work together: Rahul Gandhi

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Rahul Gandhi In Kolkata on Thursday. Rahul Gandhi In Kolkata on Thursday.

In what could trigger speculation of a post-poll tie-up, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thrusday appeared soft on Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, who he said understood “pyaar ki bhasha (language of love)”, and proposed that the two former allies can still work together with “love”.

Attacking the BJP’s PM candidate Narendra Modi during an election rally here, Rahul said, “Mamataji ko pyaar se samjhaya ja sakta hai, kyun ki unka dil saaf hai. Modiji ko to samjhaya nahi ja sakta, woh naiya toh par ho chuki hai. Lekin Mamataji, hum to pyaar se kaam kar sakte hain. (Mamataji can be convinced with love. She has a clean heart. We cannot convince Modiji, he has crossed the point of no return. But Mamataji, we can work together with love).”

The Congress leader then went on to praise the West Bengal CM and said, “ Mamataji used to work with our party. I respect her a lot. She used to work with my father… And I really respect her. I do not have any grudge against her.”

He said Trinamool “ditched” Congress after she came to power in West Bengal in 2011. “She fought the assembly elections with the support of Congress. And after she formed government, she ditched Congress. But, it is okay now.”

Rahul, however, did not forget to mention about the possibility of “Modi-Mamata” alliance. “I can see a partnership forming again,” he said.

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