Mamata vows united fight to oust BJP from power


West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today espoused her solidarity with the newly formed Opposition alliance I.N.D.I.A. She asserted that the Opposition parties would be steadfast in their mission to dislodge the BJP from power in the 2024 General Elections. “I am happy that these 26 Opposition parties have come together. We will organise protests against the centre under the banner of the Opposition alliance, I.N.D.I.A. The alliance will fight, and TMC will stand by it like a soldier,” she said.
Addressing her party’s annual Martyrs’ Day rally here, Banerjee warned that the return of the BJP Government would signal the demise of democracy in the country. The TMC supremo made it clear that personal ambitions would not get in the way of a cohesive front against the BJP. “We have no other demand, nor do we want any chair except ousting the BJP from the Centre in 2024.”
Banerjee warned that if the BJP returned to power for the third consecutive time at the Centre, then “democracy would cease to exist in the country.” She took potshots at the BJP Governments at the Centre and in Manipur, saying that the BJP’s “Beti Bachao” scheme has now turned into ‘Beti Jalao’ (Burn our daughters).
The Trinamool Congress second-in-command and Mamata Banerjee’s nephew, Abhishek Banerjee, said the party would launch a massive protest in Delhi on Gandhi Jayanti (October 2) against the BJP-led Central Government for blocking funds for Bengal under MGNREGA and other schemes. The TMC national general secretary said the entire country was currently resonating with the slogan that the BJP would be ousted and the newly formed opposition alliance, I.N.D.I.A., would form the next Government in 2024. The two-time TMC MP also asked party workers to gherao the houses of every BJP leader in every block of the State on August 5 in protest against the Centre’s stepmotherly approach.