Mamata vows to stay back in Bengal

Mamata vows to stay back in Bengal

 Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee might be the pick of social crusader Anna Hazare for India’s next prime minister, but the West Bengal chief minister still maintains that she would stay back in her state.

“I am not going anywhere from Bengal,” said Banerjee while addressing a meeting of her party’s youth workers and supporters at Durgapur, around 180 km west of Kolkata. She, however, added that she wanted to see her party at the national level, and the biggest challenge before her is to restore the pride of Bengal outside the state, which has taken a beating in more than three decades of Left rule.

This is, however, not the time first time Banerjee has expressed such sentiments. Even on her first big rally of the year on January 30 at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata, she said that while she was in favour of a federal front for the sake of driving the Congress out of power, she would be ready to give up the big chair in Delhi if that is the need of the hour.  The Trinamool chief also ruled out chances of any alliance with anybody, saying her fight in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls is not just against the Congress but also the BJP and the CPM.

“Our fight is against the three—the BJP, the Congress and the CPM; keep this in mind. We will have to fight and win against all three. We want Delhi and all other states to take pride in us,” she said, adding that her party is also targeting states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam to spread it influence. While party sources acknowledged that Trinamool has national ambitions, banking mostly on Banerjee’s image, Anna Hazare fits into the party’s national scheme of things, as the crusader from Maharashtra is expected to campaign for Banerjee and her party across India.

Senior Trinamool leaders are hopeful that with Banerjee’s clean image and Hazare’s backing, the party could pick up a few more seats even in other states like Jharkhand and Assam. 

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