Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today dismissed the possibility of the BJP coming to power and Narendra Modi becoming the prime minister after the Lok Sabha elections, saying it would not be easy for them to get the requisite numbers to form government.
Taking a dig at the hullabaloo over Narandra Modi, Banerjee said, "BJP may have enough money for advertisements, but they wont' come to power. I was a seven-time MP and so far as I understand politics, BJP has no chance to come to power."
"I see some people are saying that the BJP is coming to power. Even before the elections, some are chanting NaMo, NaMo as if the prime ministerial candidate is going to become the prime minister. I don't agree. Our understanding of national politics is no less than others. It is not that easy," Banerjee said.
Addressing her party's election campaign at Pailan in South 24-Paraganas district, she expressed surprise. "Where will they (BJP) get the numbers? As the days will pass, the arithmetic will become hazy," she said, adding that BJP hardly had that strength in many states like West Bengal, Odisha and Tamil Nadu and Bihar.
"We will not allow divisive politics. For just one seat in (Darjeeling) Hills, they are trying to divide the state," Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister, said about BJP taking Gorkha Janmukti Morcha's support in the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat for its candidates.
She claimed that neither the Congress nor the BJP, but the Federal Front would run the government at the Centre after the general elections.
"This time, it will be neither the BJP nor the Congress, but a Federal Front which will be able to give stable government. We will emerge as the third largest party in the country after elections," she said.
Dissmising any prospect of the Third Front becoming a viable alternative, Banerjee in an obvious dig at the Left, which suffered a jolt after the seat-sharing fiasco with AIADMK, such a front was "opportunistic" and it would not be able to provide a stable government in the country.
"From our experience we have seen they do no good," she said.
Banerjee accused the Congress, the BJP and CPI-M of a covert alliance to transfer votes among them in West Bengal to defeat TMC, and asserted TMC was fighting alone against all of them and would emerge as the third largest party.
"We will also emerge as a national party after the Lok Sabha polls. We need some more time to do better. We do not have money like Congress and the BJP. But I am telling you, if we get six months time we will make Trinamool the number one party in India," she said.
Without naming social activist Anna Hazare, who had said he had only backed Banerjee and not the Trinamool, she said, "Some say Mamata is good, and not Trinamool. I say Mamata would have become bad, had Trinamool been so."
Banerjee said the Trinamool was opposed to the "destructive politics" of the CPI-M, the "communal politics" of the BJP and the "corruption and anti-people policies of the Congress".
"This time, it will be neither the BJP nor the Congress, but a Federal Front which will be able to give a stable government. We will emerge as the third largest party in the country after the elections," the Trinamool Congress supremo asserted.
"We have to fight against communalism," she said at the meeting.
"We want parivartan (change) in Delhi. We want a people's government and not a typical political government which will increase gas, petrol prices and of other essentials after winning the elections," she said, referring to Congress.