Kolkata, January 19
Issuing a war cry “Delhi mein sarkar badal do” (change the government at the Centre), Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Saturday asserted that the “expiry date” of the Modi government is over and a united Opposition will win the coming General Election.
Addressing an Opposition rally at Brigade Parade Grounds called by her, she also promised to work together. Who will be the Prime Minister will be decided after the polls, she said.
Criticising the BJP, she said, “There is courtesy in politics, but BJP does not follow it. Those who are not with BJP are called thieves.”
Banerjee, whose speech lasted nearly 25 minutes, also claimed that the BJP does not give respect to many of its own senior leaders and people like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari are ignored. “Modi and his associates are now talking of collective leadership, but if BJP wins the Lok Sabha polls, these leaders will be ignored again,” she said.
Noting that the present situation in the country is of “super Emergency”, Banerjee said it is worse than that imposed by Indira Gandhi and raised the slogan of “Badal do, badal do, Delhi mein sarkar badal do” (change the government).
She alleged that the BJP has divided the nation through its divisive politics.
“What Pakistan could not do in 70 years, it (BJP) has succeeded in doing in just four years,” the firebrand TMC supremo said. She claimed that under the Narendra Modi government, banks, CBI, RBI, economy and democracy have all suffered irreparable damage.
The Modi government, she added, has targeted all Opposition leaders who spoke against the BJP and have not spared Sonia Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati and herself. It has not kept any of its promises made before 2014, she claimed, adding, “Achhe din will not come for BJP again. You have missed your opportunity.”
Meanwhile, a four-member committee of Opposition leaders has been formed to look into alleged EVM manipulation by BJP. — PTI/TNS
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