Mamata Banerjee rails against rapists, rioters, dynastic rule at a MILLION strong rally

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Updated: Jan 31 2014, 04:02am hrs
Mamata BanerjeeWhile addressing a rally, Mamata Banerjee called for 'durniti hatao, desh bachao'. PTI
Kickstarting her party's Lok Sabha campaign, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today at a rally said to have attracted as many as 1 million people, said her party would go it alone in the 2014 polls and renewed her call for a federal front of non-Congress and non-BJP parties.

Elated over the impressive turnout, Mamata Banerjee said it proved that Bengal would once again lead the country and referred to freedom fighter Gopal Krishna Gokhale's famous quotes, "What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow".

Mamata Banerjee, who had shared power earlier with the BJP-led NDA and Congress-led UPA at the Centre, attacked both, saying, "We do we want dynastic rule, nor do we want a government of rioters at the Centre. We want a people's government".

Mamata Banerjee, who was asked by the CPI-M earlier to come clean on the party's stand vis a vis a Narendra-Modi headed government after the LS election, made it clear that there will not be any alliance with the BJP.

Ruling out any truck with the BJP, Congress and the Marxists in the coming election, she said, "We want a federal front of regional parties as an alternative in order to strengthen and safeguard the interests of the states. If such a front is in a position to form the next government, we will give our support."

Mamata Banerjee said her party would try hard to stitch together a federal front of regional parties to form a government after the next polls.

She also expressed her willingness to give outside support to such a government, saying, "If needed, we will give support. We do not have have any lust for power and chair." Confident of playing a crucial role at the Centre post-election, she claimed that her party was the only alternative to Congress and BJP in the country.

Coming down hard at the UPA governent for price rise, corruption and "non-cooperation" in giving funds to West Bengal, she called for "durniti hatao, desh bachao" (Remove corruption, save country).

"At the Centre we want a government of integrity and unity and want a change of dynastic rule in Delhi. The country is for all," she told the rally which was held in remembrance of 13 party workers who were killed during a demonstration in

1993 and the day is observed as a "Shaheed Divas".

Mamata Banerjee also chose the rally to announce that TMC would fight the Lok Sabha election in states apart from West Bengal. "We will fight the elections in other states apart from Bengal. I will personally campaign in those other states too," she said to loud cheers of the big gathering at the vast Brigade Parade Ground.

Mamata Banerjee also said that black money stashed in some countries should be brought back to India. The mega rally led to massive traffic jams in the city.

Riding high on the party's back-to-back massive victories in the recent panchayat and municipal elections, she, however, cautioned party workers against being complacent

and overconfident. Giving a call for "Delhi chalo", she said, "We have to target all 42 seats in West Bengal. "We want to win all the 42 seats in Bengal. But that

will not be by coercion, but by love and making people understand that CPI(M) has not done anything for them in 35 years," Mamata Banerjee said.