Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee blasted Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday for spreading “canards” about her and said it was fear that drove the Congress and CPI-M to forge an alliance.
“Narendra Modi, Sonia Gandhi. Such big leaders. You will never find them in Bengal. They don’t even enquire about the state. Now they are roaming here and spreading canards about me,” she told an election meeting at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas district.
“BJP is trying to scare us by sending police from Delhi (for election). I don’t blame the police. They (BJP)are declaring more than Emergency,” she claimed.
“They can’t run Delhi (central government). They only create Hindu-Muslim divide and flare up tension. They try to scare when election comes. They want to dismiss all state governments. Other states may accept but Bengal will not,” she thundered.
Claiming that Modi enjoyed a cordial relationship with CPI-M and Congress, she said, “Modi’s opposition to the Congress in public is nothing but an eyewash.”
Ahead of the crucial fifth phase poll on April 30, the TMC chief asked her party members not to be afraid of the central forces.
“Don’t be afraid of central forces. There will also be a smear campaign. Do the election in an intelligent way. There is no cause for worry. We will be there. I don’t want to listen to anything. We have to win,” she told her party’s election agents and workers at Raidighi.
She alleged, “I have information that a plan has been chalked out by the opposition CPI(M) to rig polls at Raidighi. Booths have also been identified for the purpose. Remain alert and prevent any such attempt.”
In an apparent reference to Election Commission’s strictness during Monday’s fourth phase poll, Banerjee said, “None has the right to stop people from voting. Voters are being harassed. I will not tolerate this.”
The TMC supremo also mocked at the Congress-Left alliance, saying, “They have become one just for fear of me. Ami ki bag na bhalluk (Am I tiger or bear),” she said.
Stating that this election would create history, she said, “Congress and CPI-M will be reduced to signboard. Left front will disintegrate,” she said, adding, “Have you ever seen that Congress leaders draped red clothes around their bodies.”
She also ridiculed CPI-M state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra’s claim that the Congress-Left alliance was aiming for 200 seats.