West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who has already been in talks with Opposition leaders to mount pressure on the government, on Tuesday said no party is more communal than BJP and the Centre has zero credibility as a government, media reports said. In an interaction with journalists in New Delhi, the West Bengal chief minister spoke of building up a federal front which is anti-BJP and anti-Congress for the better future of the nation.
Talking of a slew of meetings with the Opposition leaders, Banerjee said she will meet Omar Abdullah, Shatrughan Sinha, Yashwant Sinha, and Arun Shourie on Wednesday, ANI reported. On Tuesday night, she will be attending a dinner hosted by Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar.
On her terms with the Congress, the veteran leader said, "Soniaji is unwell right now and recovering, will meet her once she is fine. On Wednesday, will meet Shatrughan Sinhaji. Will certainly go if they (Mayawati-Akhilesh Yadav) call us for a meeting to Lucknow." She further said that the alliances depend on both parties. In Tripura, she had asked Congress to fight with them but it was their prerogative so alliances work both ways. "I worked 23 years for the Parliament, I know this country very well," said Banerjee.
She added that when political people meet then, of course, they will discuss politics, there is nothing to hide in that. "The Lok Sabha election of 2019 will certainly be very interesting after meeting leaders of NCP, Shiv Sena and RJD," she said adding, "We should help the strongest regional parties in different states to fight BJP."
Banerjee was confident about DMK making a clean sweep down south next time and said that like TDP, the different parties will slowly gain power.
About data breach, the Trinamool Congress leader said to India Today, "There is no right, no privacy even when it is a democratic country. This is how the government is misusing the money."
Appealing to the media, she said that media should objectively report on various things since this is a democracy and not play a tool in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hands.
Besides Pawar, who has called the meeting, she will also meet Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, representatives of Shiv Sena, TDP among others.
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Updated Date: Mar 27, 2018 16:39:52 IST