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'INDIA alliance my brainchild, very much part of it', says Mamata Banerjee after 'outside support' remark

TMC had walked out of INDIA bloc in West Bengal in January

'INDIA alliance my brainchild, very much part of it', says Mamata Banerjee after 'outside support' remark

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during an election rally. PTI



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Tamluk (WB), May 16

A day after announcing that he would extend outside support to the opposition front INDIA after it comes to power, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she is very much part of the anti-BJP alliance at the national level and would continue to be in it.

While addressing an election rally at Tamluk, Banerjee said that the TMC is not in alliance with the CPI(M) and the Congress in West Bengal.

“At all India level, some people have misunderstood my statement yesterday. I am very much part of the INDIA alliance. The INDIA alliance was my brainchild. We are together at the national level and will continue to be together,” she said.

Banerjee alleged that the West Bengal units of both CPI(M) and Congress, who are part of the INDIA alliance, have joined hands and helped the BJP in the state.

“Do not count on the CPI(M) and the Congress in Bengal. They are not with us, they are with the BJP here. I am talking about that (INDIA bloc) in Delhi,” she said.

Banerjee on Wednesday said her party will extend support to the opposition INDIA bloc from outside to form the government at the Centre.

Expressing scepticism about the BJP’s ambitious target of achieving 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections, she said people will reject them.

“The entire country has understood that the BJP is a party full of thieves. We (TMC) will support the INDIA bloc from outside to form a government at the Centre. We will extend our support so that in Bengal, our mothers and sisters never face a problem... and those who work in the 100 days’ job scheme, also do not face problems,” Banerjee had said.

The TMC had walked out of the INDIA bloc in West Bengal in January but asserted that she would continue to be part of the Opposition bloc at the national level.

The TMC supremo was addressing a rally in Tamluk, under which comes the Nandigram Assembly constituency from where she had lost to the BJP in the 2021 state polls.

On Thursday, she vowed to avenge the defeat as she asserted that the poll results didn’t reflect the people’s mandate.

Banerjee said, “The BJP won by disconnecting power supply at the counting centre” on the day of counting on May 2, 2021.

“The mandate was stolen by the BJP through unscrupulous means. They disconnect the power supply at the counting centre. I had moved court against it. But either today or tomorrow I will avenge my defeat,” she said.

The anti-land acquisition movement in Nandigram in 2007 against the then Left Front government was instrumental in the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress’ rise to power in 2011 in Bengal.

BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari defeated Banerjee by 1,956 votes in Nandigram in the 2021 Assembly polls.

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