Congress wants secular parties to elect Mamata Banerjee as leader, ready to back them

Congress on Thursday suggested that all the `secular parties` should come together and elect West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee as their leader in order to stop BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi.

Last Updated: May 15, 2014, 18:04 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Congress on Thursday suggested that all the `secular parties` should come together and elect West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee as their leader in order to stop BJP`s PM candidate Narendra Modi from the occupying the top post of the country.

Congress leader Rashid Alvi, while admitting that it may be difficult for Congress to form the government, said, "It may be difficult for us to form the government, but all secular forces should come together to keep Narendra Modi away from power."
He suggested that all regional secular parties should come together and elect their leader, PTI reported. "Congress party will never hesitate to form a secular government," he said.

He added, "I suggest that regional parties should elect Mamata Banerjee, who is secular, competent and honest beyond doubt, as their leader," he said.

Stating that he does not believe in exit polls and truth will come out tomorrow, Alvi said, "Whether the Congress conquers the electoral battle or loses it, we all shall be responsible for the credit or discredit. It will be injustice for anyone to only blame the leadership of Congress."
Most of the exit poll have predicted a drubbing for the Congress. As per the exit polls BJP is all set to emerge as the single largest party and NDA may well be in the striking distance of forming the government after a decade.

With PTI inputs