Rules out tie-up with BJP, Congress, hopes people will reward her

New Delhi : Mamata Banerjee is unfazed by her exclusion in the Third Front, which she rubbishes as an unviable ‘tired front’ and is confident that a different kind of Federal Front will rule the country after the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

However, she has kept her options open, whether she is a contender for the prime ministership, saying “people will decide”. She ruled out any tie-up with Congress or BJP and hoped that people would ‘reward’ her party ‘abundantly’ in the polls.

“No matter. Any force with the Communists in it is not viable because the people have rejected the CPI(M). So,… it is not Third Front, it is Tired Front,” she said.

Asked whether she felt left out as she was not included in the ‘Third Front’, Mamata replied, “Nothing like that”. She insisted that “any Front of significance (including Trinamool) will only come together after the results are announced… We are hopeful that a Federal Front government will lead this nation.”

Questioned as to how this was possible and who could be her allies after elections, she remained vague. “Making empty noise now is one thing. It is not important. What is important is to come to Delhi in May with many dozens of Lok Sabha seats. The Federal Front will take shape with this model, on the plank of common policies.”

On whether she will be a candidate for the prime ministership in case a ‘Federal Front’ is formed, the Trinamool chief said, “Throughout my three decades of struggle, people have always been my motivation and inspiration, not ‘kursis’ (chair).”

At the same time, the former Union minister dropped enough hints about her ambition. “I have experience of working at the Centre, I have also experience of working in a state. In a democracy, people will decide.”

Commenting on the current political scene, Mamata contended that “Congress is not the alternative to BJP and BJP is not the alternative to Congress.” Hitting out at Congress with which she had an

alliance till about two

years ago, she said, “People are tired of corruption. People are tired of dynasty.”

She also targeted BJP, saying “People are tired of parties that encourage riots.” Maintaining that people of the country want development, peace and progress for the nation and for the states to happen hand in hand, the West Bengal Chief Minister said she has been

focussing on these

issues only.                –PTI

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