Mamata Targets BJP, Congress, Calls Modi 'Communal' - The New Indian Express

Mamata Targets BJP, Congress, Calls Modi 'Communal'

Published: 12th March 2014 04:10 PM

Last Updated: 12th March 2014 05:25 PM

Trinamool Congress Chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee on Wednesday attacked Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and ruled out any support to either Congress or BJP after the Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing a party rally at the Ramlila ground in Delhi, Banerjee singled out Modi without naming him saying the "leader of Gujarat" is "communal" and rubbished his claim about development in the state under his leadership.

"The BJP says it will come top power. But I ask how it will come to power... The face of Gujarat is communal. Not the people but the leader of Gujarat is communal," she said.

Ruling out support to either BJP or Congress, she said the two parties "form a syndicate for selling the country. They can come together and CPM also has an understanding with these parties. We will not support the Congress, BJP or the CPM and not even support anyone who has been with them."

Anna Skips Rally

What was billed to be a platform to launch Bannerjee's national ambitions with Anna Hazare on the dais turned out to be just a Trinamool Congress rally with the social activist skipping the rally.

No reason was given for the absence of Hazare, who arrived here last night ostensibly to attend the rally, but sources said he was unwell.

Hazare, who has expressed his support to Trinamool Congress and Bannerjee brushing aside his protege Arvind Kejriwal's party, had earlier in the day said he would attend the rally.

Significantly, an Imam of Kolkata had issued a threat that he would withdraw support to Bannerjee if she shares dais with Hazare.

Later, TMC leader Mukul Roy went to Maharashtra Sadan and met Hazare.

 

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