Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre has reached its expiry date and that a new dawn with the BJP getting out of power is on the horizon. Addressing a rally here at Brigade Parade Ground, the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo raised anti-BJP slogans like ‘BJP Hatao’ (remove the BJP) and said that the rally marked the “beginning of the end” of the party. “The land of Bengal is holy. It led the way for the freedom movement, the cultural movement, the new awakening. Whenever there is trouble in the country, Bengal has shown the way. So why are we letting those people, who are trying to destroy India, stay in power? We haven’t seen such fascist governance. They are like Hitler, Mussolini,” she said.
“BJP government has done in four and a half years what Pakistan couldn’t do in 70 years. They have destroyed all government institutions. They are promoting the politics of hatred. The banks and the markets are on a downward trend. Prices are rising and the BJP is laughing,” she said. Representing the Congress at a mega gathering of opposition parties here on Saturday, Mallikarjun Kharge said party chief Rahul Gandhi and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi had sent their good wishes for the rally. At the rally, Kharge, the leader of the Congress party in the Lok Sabha, read out a message from Sonia Gandhi, highlighting the “crisis” looming over the country with farmers and fishermen living under immense strain. Meanwhile, accusing BJP of having aligned with central agencies like the CBI and the ED, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday appealed to the opposition to come together and defeat the conspiracies being hatched to divide alliance partners in states. The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the issue of Prime Ministerial candidate will be decided by the people. He said with the beginning of the new year, the country now was pining for a new Prime Minister. “How happy will the country be if it gets a new Prime Minister,” the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader said.
Senior Bahujan Samaj Party leader Satish Chandra Mishra Saturday said the BSP-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh has started the process of uprooting the “anti-Dalit” and “anti-Minority” NDA government at the Centre. Mishra, who participated in the opposition rally as an emissary of BSP chief Mayawati sat next to Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on the dais.
H D Deve Gowda solution to seat sharing
Kolkata: Former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda Saturday said with the general elections close at hand, the opposition parties should forget their differences and come together to fight the BJP unitedly. The Janata Dal (Secular) supremo said a small group of senior leaders should be formed to decide on a roadmap on how they will ensure good governance. The herculean task of seat sharing for the coming Lok Sabha elections has to be addressed to ensure direct fight against the BJP, he said.
Today Bengal’s tigress has organised this rally: Arun Shourie
Kolkata: Former Union minister and disgruntled BJP leader Arun Shourie said that the opposition must unite together for ‘one goal, one vow’ and that should be to “outcast the BJP”. “One man who united the opposition was Modi, but today it is the Bengal’s tigress who has put in the effort by organising this rally. Such rallies should be conducted in other parts of the country also where the opposition parties are strong,” Shourie added.
Narendra Modi is a publicity PM, we want a performing PM: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu
Kolkata: “Narendra Modi is a publicity PM, we want a performing PM,” said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu at the mega opposition rally in Kolkata organised by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. “Five years ago, people gave the mandate for the BJP. They betrayed the nation. They gave slogans. Jan Dhan, mudra loan, good governance, smart cities, bringing back black money, two crore jobs, acche din. These are all slogans. None of these have been fulfilled,” he pointed out.