Addressing a rally on Monday, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee called for a movement against Narendra Modi government at the Centre in view of rising prices and said BJP would not be able to emerge a major political force in the Trinamool Congress-ruled state.
Originally observed as Martyrs’ Day in remembrance of 13 Youth Congress activists were killed in police firing on July 21, 1993, TMC has now christened the event as ‘Maa Maati Manush Divas’.
“After bagging two seats (in the general election) in Bengal they (BJP) are making so much propaganda and telling so many lies. In Bengal assembly polls, they will not get even those two seats. Instead they will be reduced to zero. Make them zero,” said Mamata.
Mamata, however, avoided a direct attack on Modi.
“We want leaders who are close to the masses. We do not want leaders who are here to make money,” she said sending out a message to the party cadres.
Launching an attack on the Left and Congress workers who have joined the BJP she said, “Those who believe in the Left’s ideology, don’t let the money attract you. Join TMC and work for the people.”
Traffic in Kolkata was gridlocked through the day due to the rally. Lakhs of people from the districts converged in the city to participate in the rally, which was also billed as the thanksgiving for the party’s success in the in the Lok Sabha elections.
Reacting to Mamata’s statements BJP spokesperson and MP Meenakshi Lekhi said, “BJP will move from two to 22.”
Monday’s rally witnessed a gathering of almost 5 lakh people, although the Trinamool Congress chief claimed it was attended by over a 10 lakh people.