The evening day before her first rally in the capital on Wednesday, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was busy fine tuning the theme songs for her party’s Lok Sabha campaign. After instructing an aide at her party office to make changes in the lyrics and tune, she said: “My advantage is I can write lyrics as well as compose songs!”
Banerjee’s mood changed hours after her joint rally with Anna Hazare, which he didn't attend , at Ramlila Maidan flopped in terms of attendance. “We had no organization in Delhi. But no problem, we will organize rallies ourselves. There is no point depending on others,” Banerjee said in an informal interview with HT.
Taking on BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Trinamool chief said, “Modi is not a threat for my party in Bengal.”
Rubbishing the ‘hype’ over Modi which has even forced the Congress to change its poll strategy, Banerjee said, “He is spending hundreds of crores to run a campaign. These are false campaigns. Everyone knows how the communal riots happened in Gujarat.”
She added: “He heads a state that is already rich. But look at the infant mortality rates, school dropout rates in Gujarat. In my state, even after the centre snatched away Rs 70,000 crore (the Union’s share of central taxes and loan repayment), I registered high economic growth.”
Banerjee felt that the centre’s refusal to bail her out of the state’s financial mess was “inhuman” and said, “I will teach the Congress a lesson. It will not get a single seat from Bengal in this election.”
In an indirect reference to the newly-appointed West Bengal Congress chief Adhir Chowdhury who is contesting the polls, she said: “I know people are thinking the Congress will get at least one seat. But let me tell you, I will not tolerate any hooliganism.”
Banerjee is also confident that her candidate, former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia will win the Darjeeling seat despite being pitted against the local Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM).
“I have not made 40 trips to Darjeeling during last three years just for fun. The monopoly of GJM is over. Most of the locals are with us,” she said.
She also hinted that former Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Prada had approached her for joining Trinamool.
But she could not assure her a ticket from West Bengal.