Mamata calls for BJP's ouster in 2019 poll
22 Jul 2017 - 1:45
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee yesterday went hammer and tongs at the Centre's ruling BJP, accusing it of indulging in "massive corruption" and failure on all fronts, and pledged to remove it from power in the next general elections. She also indicated her party's willingness to side with all opposition forces ready to take on the saffron outfit.
Addressing the annual Martyr's Day Trinamool rally, Banerjee spent almost the entire speech attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party, while spending only a few words in attacking the Left Front, her old adversary in the state, and kept mum on her other opponent in West Bengal - the Congress. Banerjee said contrary to its high hopes, the next general elections in 2019 would not be a cakewalk for the BJP.
"Remember Modi Babu (Prime Minister Narendra Modi), you will not get even 30 per cent of the votes. That's what the calculation says. The people who are thinking that the 2019 election is a cake walk, and victory is in their pocket, do not know their pockets well," she said during her long speech.
Despite presidential candidate Meira Kumar - backed by 18 opposition parties - losing emphatically to BJP's Ram Nath Kovind, Banerjee termed her performance as "good". She claimed that the 35 per cent votes Kumar got would "increase in our favour" during the coming vice presidential election when two more parties - Janata Dal-United and Biju Janata Dal - are slated to join the opposition fold. Banerjee said the opposition unity would be further expanded in the near future, and the parties would take on the BJP in their respective areas of influence in the 2019 polls, which she felt "could be pre-poned" to 2018.
She said her party would stand beside all leaders willing to join the fight against the BJP. She named Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Aam Aadmi Party supremo Arvind Kejriwal, RJD head Lalu Prasad, Biju Janata Dal's Naveen Patnaik and Omar Abdullah in this regard.