BJP courts Trinamool,says Mamata showed guts against UPA

In line with BJP’s recent appeal to Mamata to join NDA,a senior leader says she is always welcome to join the combine.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Kolkata | Published:May 28, 2012 6:03 am

In line with the BJP’s recent appeal to Mamata Banerjee to join the NDA,a senior party leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Sunday said the Bengal chief minister was always welcome to join the combine. He also praised her for “showing guts in opposing wrong policies of the Centre”.

“In politics there is no permanent friend or foe. Once she was with the NDA and we always welcome Mamataji to come back. But as of today,I cannot say. It is not the ideology which decides who is on which side. Chandrababu Naidu was once with NDA,” said the deputy chief minister of Bihar. Modi said the Bihar government was ready to collaborate with the West Bengal government in “any field”.

He claimed that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalilithaa was also an ‘ally’ of the NDA.

Giving a thumbs up to Banerjee’s opposition to UPA government’s wrong policies,Modi told a press conference that despite being a partner in the ruling coalition,she was not scared and had the guts to opposes the wrong policies.

“She deserve to be praised,” Modi said in response to a reporter’s reference to her opposition to the recent petrol price hike and the NCTC.

Asked to comment on the one-year performance of the Trinamool-led government in West Bengal,Modi declined to assess the government’s performance,but gave her high marks on her “honesty,sincerity,hardwork” and above all her intention to do good for the state.

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