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I will remain in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Last Updated: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 18:30

Durgapur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday emphasised she will remain in state politics and dismissed as `politics of drama` Narendra Modi`s suggestion that she could realise her dream of West Bengal`s progress if there was a BJP-led government at the Centre.

Taking a dig at the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate`s recent interaction with people at tea shops, Banerjee said that unlike the saffron party her party `did not enact drama during election time`.

"We do this (interaction) throughout 365 days to get information about the problems of the people," she said while addressing a party convention here.
Claiming that unlike BJP, her party was always close to the people, the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said "I do not believe in that kind of politics. It is fragile politics. This is the biggest opportunistic politics by those who do this at the time of election."

Stating that Bengal would show the way to India in coming days and vowing to take the TMC to the national scene post-Lok Sabha election, she said she would continue to work for the development of the state though the Centre was economically depriving it by not giving funds.

"I will remain in Bengal. I am not going from Bengal. Do not worry," she said.
Banerjee`s comment came days after Magsaysay winning
writer Mahasweta Devi and Muslim cleric Moulana Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan Mosque recently said that they wished to see her as the Prime Minister.
The TMC Chief said that her party would fight alone in the coming general elections and urged party men to ensure that the TMC secured all the 42 seats in the state and it emerged as a major player nationally.

"BJP, Congress, CPI(M), our fight is against the three. Keep this in mind. We had created the Trinamool Congress due to the Congress and CPI(M) joint game," she said.

"We will have to fight and win against the CPI(M), Congress and the BJP as we did in the recent panchayat and municipal election," she said.

"The more seats we win, the more there will be importance for us in Delhi. We have to take the space in Delhi."

Banerjee said that she wanted to see her party at the national level because the challenge for her was to restore the pride of Bengal outside the state.

She said that party was also targeting states like UP, Bihar, Haryana, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Assam.

"We may also contest in Delhi," she added.

First Published: Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 18:30
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