Kolkata, Apr 1 UNI | 4 months ago

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today claimed that her party would have all-India presence within the next six months and it was the only alternative before the people.

Addressing newspersons before leaving for Tripura for electioneering, she also alleged that the Congress, CPI(M) and the BJP were working together.

Replying a question on the plans to extend the Trinamool's reach outside West Bengal, Ms Banerjee said, 'These things can not be done in a short time. And we don't have the monetary strength for this.'

'But now that we have started working, we will make it an all India party within six months. This time it will become the third largest party,' she said.

Replying a question on the possibility of CPI(M)joining hands with the Congress, Ms Banerjee said, 'We have been saying that the CPI(M), Congress and the BJP are working together. We are not saying this without basis.'

Stating that the AITC lacked funds, she said, 'We have to travel by flights and do not have helicopters. We are having to face lot of hardships.' 'We thought of hiring a helicopter since we have to travel for two and a half hours by road to reach the venue from the airport, but we cancelled it after we were asked to pay Rs 76 lakh,' she said referring to her scheduled visit at Shantinagar in Tripura where she will address an election meeting.

(Posted on 01-04-2014)