Regional parties will do well in next Lok Sabha poll: Mamata

Jun 5, 2013 17:08 IST

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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said regional parties will do well in the next Lok Sabha election, but evaded a question on whether Trinamool Congress will lead any non-Congress and non-BJP alliance at the Centre.

"I feel that regional parties would do well in the next Lok Sabha election. I will be happy if they (regional parties) come together," Banerjee told reporters in Kolkata.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee. AFP

Asked if she is ready to lead any non-Congress, non-BJP alliance at the national level after the next Lok Sabha election, she replied, "I don't want any chair. I am ready to be there as a worker. If anybody comes forward, I don't mind. I don't fight for power, I fight in the interest of the people. We had left UPA-2 government in the interest of the people. Even the Prime Minister has said there are no permanent enemies in politics."

She criticised the Congress-led UPA government for hiking prices of coal, fertiliser and other commodities, which affected the people and added that the Congress drew a blank in the current round of bye-elections.

PTI