Will lend my support for combined opposition against BJP: Mamata Banerjee

10 days ago | 18-03-2017 | IBNS

Kolkata, Mar 17 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she would be a participant if there is a combined opposition in future, hinting at a grand alliance against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government at the Centre on Friday.

While answering a reporter in a press conference, Mamata said: If there is a formal proposal, I am there.

The Trinamool Congress supremo earlier in the post-demonetisation phase urged all regional, secular and non BJP parties to unite and she herself toured Lucknow and Delhi protesting against the Central government.

After the miserable results of Congress in UP poll, one senior Congress leader in an interview also hinted at the formation of such unified opposition, if needed.

Highlighting the importance of opposition in a democracy, the WB CM said: In democracy there is a government and an opposition. For betterment of the country, the party running the government should do good work and the opposition party should also be strong.

The TMC chief attacked BJP for political vendetta after Calcutta High Court transferred the case of Narada sting operation to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

TMC in response moved to Supreme Court challenging High Courts order.

Mamata claimed that earlier BJP raised the issue of Narada sting operation purposefully just before the West Bengal assembly election in 2016 for political benefits.

In a sting operation by Narada News which was released in early 2016, various political leaders were seen to accept money which included Firhad Hakim, Shovan Chatterjee and Subrata Mukherjee, many of them hold important portfolios in current state government.

However, Mamata said that people rejected such allegations against TMC party members because many of them were re-elected in 2016 election.

Rejecting all the possibilities that BJP could take on her party, she said that it is impossible for BJP to escalate in the state politics because they are number three or four party currently in Bengal.

After the thumping majority in Uttar Pradesh assembly election, BJP state President Dilip Ghosh rumoured that the saffron party would come to power very soon in Bengal.

Speaking about the politics of divide, Mamata said that she trusts people of this state who would not accept such divisions.

I have full trust in Bengal. Bengal is not the place where you will divide and say anything and people will start accepting that, she said in this context.

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