New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee Wednesday attacked BJP government at the Centre for allegedly threatening regional parties including Biju Janata Dal from joining hands with opposition leaders grouped to fight it in the general elections.
Addressing media at the Press Club here Thursday after meeting President Ram Nath Kovind, Mamata, who is leading the united Opposition parties under ‘Mahagatbandhan’ said this government has created emergency-like situation in the country.
“This is more than emergency. We all should come together and fight against it,” called the fire-brand leader from Bengal.
When asked about her views on Biju Janata Dal’s refusal to be part of any alliance for general elections, the Bengal Chief Minister said Modiji has threatened everyone.
“I have best regards for Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaikji. Modiji has threatened everyone. Hence, he may not be a part,” Banerjee said. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had recently denied plans to join the grand alliance of opposition parties to counter BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
“We will continue with our policy of equidistance from BJP and Congress,” Naveen had said in Bhubaneswar after addressing a farmers’ rally in Delhi.
Earlier, Patnaik had told the media in Delhi that he needed more time to think about grand alliance and kept the political pundits under dilemma.
Reacting to Mamata’s attack on the BJD, party MP Kalikesh Singh Deo told Orissa POST, “We will not be threatened by anyone either the BJP, Congress or the grand alliance. The gathbandhan is is yet to take shape. Who will be their leader is not clear till now. Nobody knows where they are leading. We are sure, we won’t have any alliance with Congress or BJP,”
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