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Mamata Banerjee raises slogan “BJP hotao, desh bacho” on 75th anniversary of Quit India movement

On August 27, Mamata Banerjee will attend a rally in Patna organised by Rashtriya Janata Dal supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.

kolkata Updated: Aug 09, 2017 15:50 IST
Koushik Dutta
Koushik Dutta
Hindustan Times
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The relation between the Bengal chief minister and the Prime Minister is passing through an all-time low.(HT Photo)

Beginning with her New Delhi trip on Thursday, Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will go for a tour of different states to garner national support for Trinamool Congress’s “BJP Quit India” movement. On Wednesday, the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement, she raised the slogan “BJP otao, desh bacho” at a public meeting in Midnapore.

After her trip to New Delhi, where she is expected to meet Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee will visit Bihar and Jhakrkhand. At Patna, she will attend a rally of all non-NDA forces convened by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav.

Incidentally, at a party function on July 21 in Kolkata she said she will launch a campaign to “free India of the BJP”.

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“I will go to New Delhi tomorrow. On August 27, I shall attend an anti-BJP rally at Patna. On August 30, I shall visit Jharkhand that is witnessing frequent incidences of attacks over dalits,” the Bengal chief minister said at the party rally on Wednesday.

BJP president Amit Shah (on the right) having lunch at a dalit home in Naxalbari of Bengal. Mamata Banerjee took a dig at Shah without naming him for having meals at dalit homes while she accused his party of being anti-dalit.  (HT Photo)

She said her anti-BJP movement will continue till the current Union government is unseated in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“Yesterday throughout the night we saw the battle between democracy and autocracy. I am glad that finally democracy won,” she said referring to the victory of Ahmed Patel for election to Rajya Sabha from Gujarat.

Over the past several months, the Bengal chief minister has emerged as one of the bitter critics of BJP taking the party on a range of issues from cow politics to demonetisation.

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She also said that in Bengal, Trinamool Congress will organise block-level programmes in support of “BJP Quit India” movement till September 5. “We will give a break during the festive season and after that again the party will go ahead in full swing with different political programmes that will continue till 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” she said.

Mamata Banerjee also took at a dig at BJP general secretary, Amit Shah, without naming him for having lunch at the residence of a dalit in north Bengal. “On the one hand, BJP will encourage atrocities on dalits and one the other their leaders will have lunch at the residence of a dalit. These two things cannot go on together,” she remarked.

Incidentally, Shah had meals at the homes of dalits on April 25 in Naxalbari in Bengal and on July 23 in Sushilpura of Rajasthan.

The Trinamool Congress chief also described CPI(M) as a hypocrite and alleged it is a clandestine partner of BJP. “CPI(M) is a party of hypocrites that follow double-standards. When they go to the hills they speak of division of the state and in the plains they speak differently. They have clandestine understanding with BJP,” she said.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 15:44 IST