“I challenge them (Cong, BJP and CPI(M). If they can fight us let them fight. Else apply lipstick and take rest,” -Mamata Banerjee/TMC and West Bengal chief MInister
Kolkata : Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said here on Tuesday that her party will fight the 2016 assembly elections alone against Congress, BJP and CPI(M), ending speculation that the party might go in for a tie-up with Congress.
She announced this while speaking at the Martyr’s Day function held in Esplanade area. The Trinamool Congress organises the rally on July 21 to commemorate the death of 13 Youth Congress supporters who were gunned down by the police in front of the Writers’ Building, the administrative headquarters, while they were protesting against the ‘’misrule’’ of Jyoti Basu government in 1993. Since then both Trinamool Congress and Congress observe July 21 as Martyr’s Day.
The mammoth rally where several lakhs of people participated threw traffic out of gear in the entire city with most of the major thoroughfares in central, south and north Kolkata remaining choked for several hours since morning. People had a tough time commuting as there were traffic snarl ups in all parts of the city.
Mamata Banerjee made it clear that her party would not bow down under any pressure from BJP, Congress and CPI(M) and she challenged all the major political parties to fight against Trinamool Congress in the 2016 assembly election. She also alleged Congress, BJP and CPI(M) have joined hands to fight against Trinamool Congress.
“” I am throwing a challenge to BJP, Congress and CPI(M) that if they have the courage they should fight against us in the next assembly election. But I know they do not have the courage to do so. They are finished politically and ideologically. They are only spreading canards against the Trinamool Congress. But after the 2016 assembly election BJP, Congress and CPI(M) would not exist in the state ” she said.
Mamata also vehemently criticised the BJP for trying to foment communal riots in the country. She also said the BJP-led government at the Centre also stopped providing money to the state for various development schemes in West Bengal.”
“”We will continue our development activities, but under no circumstances we will bow down under any pressure from Delhi,” Mamata said.