Trinamool is alternative at Centre: Mamata Banerjee
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said only her party can bring a 'poribartan' (change) at the Centre and act as a viable alternative with other parties to keep away both the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Addressing a Martyrs Day rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata to commemorate July 21, 1993 police firing that had killed her supporters, Banerjee kicked off her Lok Sabha poll campaign saying: "We don't want a government in Delhi that supports and is involved in rioting. We want a government that will bring in a change in the country, that will work for the development of the country, that will work for the betterment of the people."
"Neither Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nor the Congress is the alternative to each other. It is the TMC that is the new alternative at the Centre as only we can bring in 'paribartan' (change) in the entire India like we did in West Bengal," she said.
"Defeat both Congress and BJP crushingly in the Lok Sabha polls," he urged voters and gave a call to march to Delhi.
"A federal front of the states is necessary to empower the voice of the states. We do not want riot-stained people to form a government. We want a government that works for united India," said Banerjee.
She urged everyone to root out corruption and save the nation.
Mamata Banerjee said the dynastic rule in Delhi should end as she targetted the Congress without naming the Gandhi scion (Rahul Gandhi).
"They have hiked price of everything. Except the price of a human life," said Banerjee referring to the UPA government in New Delhi from where she walked out over economic issues.
"We had a record turnout today. We will break our own record after Poriborton [change] at Delhi," said Banerjee.
Pointing to the massive gathering, Banerjee said "you need compassion, not money, to win hearts of people."
He also slammed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for giving clean chit to the CPI-M on the Nandigram firing of 2007.
"CBI is Congress-CPM Bureau of Investigation," she said.
Banerjee said in West Bengal the government has created reservation in higher education for backward classes but not at the cost of General category.
She said her party will also work for UP, Bihar, Rajasthan, Punjab, Assam and Tripura.
Highlighting her achievement, Banerjee said in 35 years the Left Front had set up only two universities. "We have set up four in two and half years," said Banerjee.
She said the CPI-M had promoted the growth of chit funds in Bengal and her government has arrested the criminals.
"We'll return money to people," said Banerjee as the Saradha ponzi meltdown is still fresh in memory.
She said her government will not anyone if crimes were committed against women.
"Has the Opposition forgotten burning of Anandamargis, rape of Anita Dewan, Bantala, Dhantala, Goghat, Bhangar?" asked Banerjee reminding cases of atrocities on women during the Left rule.
"We do not spare any criminals if they commit crimes against women. Where was the Opposition when people were dying in Muzaffarpur?" she asked referring to the riots in Uttar Pradesh.
Banerjee said her government is providing medicines free of cost to poor people in the state.
"Despite financial crunch we are serving people. We provide rice at Rs 2/kg to 3 lakh people. 1.10 lakh people got patta in 2.5 years," she claimed.
"For Bengal's development, we need a friendly govt in Delhi. Time has come for change in Delhi," she said.
"I urge you to give us maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha, so that we have a definitive say in Delhi," she said, adding that her fight is against Congress, BJP and the CPI-M.
"Time has come to pledge to fight for the rights of states," said Banerjee.
Banerjee also felicitated the martyrs of 21 July police firing and the Sainbari massacre besides feting the "martyrs of Singur, Nandigram, Netai Andolan."
(Posted on 30-01-2014)