West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee fired a salvo at Bharatiya Janata Party, saying it was too optimistic about coming to power.
Addressing a Trinamool Congress workers’ meet here on Tuesday, she called the BJP communal and predicted Narendra Modi would not become the prime minister. “Some people are chanting NaMo NaMo as if he has already become the PM,” Banerjee said with a hint of jeer. “BJP will not win any seat from Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and other states. As time passes, you will see their calculations changing.”
Banerjee’s saffron-bashing took many by surprise as BJP president Rajnath Singh had supported her demand for a financial bailout package for Bengal and Modi had wished to work in tandem with her.
The chief minister did not spare Congress and the Left Front too. “Congress is corrupt while CPI(M) ruined Bengal,” she said, claiming Trinamool Congress will be the third largest party in the Lok Sabha.
She accused Congress and CPI(M) of having a nexus with BJP. “The Congress-led UPA and the BJP-led NDA helped CPI(M) borrow money and destroy Bengal’s financial discipline. You need to highlight this nexus,” she said while naming party candidates including her nephew Avishek Banerjee (from Diamond Harbour) and Sugata Basu (Jadavpur).
Banerjee also took pot shots at social activist Anna Hazare for skipping her much-hyped joint rally in New Delhi. “Someone said that he likes Mamata Banerjee but not the party. One should know that there is no difference between the party and me,” she said.