West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress President Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday appealed to all the opposition parties to unite while giving the slogan of ‘Remove BJP, save the country’.
In her first rally after the assembly elections, she also called the BJP a dictator and a virus more dangerous than Corona on issues such as the Center’s alleged failure to manage Covid, rising oil and gas prices and phone tapping through Pegasus.
Referring to tapping the phones of politicians, judges and journalists through Pegasus, the TMC chief appealed to the judges of the Supreme Court to take cognizance of the matter and register a case or set up an SIT to probe it. The TMC chief said that only the judiciary can save democracy.
Mamata said, “Opposition will have to be united to save the country. If this does not happen then people won’t forgive us.”
Mamata was addressing the annual martyr rally through a virtual medium on Wednesday from the stage built in front of her residence in Kalighat. The special thing this year was that for the first time Mamata gave most of her speech in Hindi and English. In between, she also spoke Bengali. Usually, earlier she used to give most of her speeches in Bengali.
For the first time, TMC broadcast its rally to Delhi, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh as well as Gujarat as part of an attempt to get out of Bengal. Election strategist Prashant Kishor was present at her rally in Kolkata, while several opposition leaders including NCP leader Sharad Pawar, Congress’s P Chidambaram and SP’s Ram Gopal Yadav listened to her speech at the Constitution Club in Delhi.
Mamata said, “I don’t know what will happen in 2024. But preparations have to be made for this from now on. The more time we waste, the more it will be delayed. All the parties will have to form a front against the BJP.”
She appealed to Sharad Pawar and Chidambaram to convene a meeting on the issue in Delhi from July 27 to 29. Mamata herself will also be on a tour of Delhi during that time. Mamata said that we have to be united to save the country and its people as well as the structure of federalism.
The TMC leader said, “It will be difficult to save democracy without expelling the BJP from the country. Until this happens, every state will have ‘Khela Hobe’. We have shown the ‘Khela’ once in Bengal. Now again will show the saffron party the ‘Khela’.”
Mamata alleged that the BJP government has jeopardized the freedom of the country and throttled all the pillars of democracy.
She said that when thousands of people were dying during the second wave of Corona, then the entire central government including the Prime Minister had become a daily passenger to win the Bengal elections. But the people of the state gave them a befitting reply.