Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday lashed out at the BJP and expressed her anguish over the fact that the country is going through a 'Super Emergency'. She appealed to all like-minded parties to come together in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections to "restore the democratic institutions of this great nation".
"Today is International Day of Democracy. It anguishes me that our country is currently going through a 'Super Emergency'. All like-minded parties should come together in 2019 to restore the democratic institutions of this great nation," Banerjee tweeted.
Only a few hours before her tweet, the Chief Minister had said that the need of the hour is to get rid of the BJP and expressed her hope that people will vote against the saffron party in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. "People want a change and they will do this," Banerjee said at an interactive session titled 'Rising Bengal 2018' organised by a vernacular television channel at a city hotel on Friday evening.
She had further pointed out in the interactive session that the saffron party will try to divide the unity between Mayawati and Akhilesh, "but this time their trick will not be effective."
She also reiterated that the belief of one party at the Centre like the Congress or the BJP can rule the country, is changing. The regional parties will do well in the 2019 elections. Of the regional parties, six including the Trinamool Congress are national parties. She also added that the Federal Front will definitely work.
"BJP had made several promises when they came to power in 2014 and people believed them to be true. But over the years, the party has failed to keep them.
Moreover, the audacity, arrogance, and atrocity of their leaders have become intolerable. Ban of high-value notes, hurried implementation of the GST without preparation and failure to control the alarming rise of fuel prices will go against the party," she said.
She further maintained that the 2019 elections will be a people's election. "It will be people's referendum. People have already got the message about BJP's hate politics. They don't want BJP and I am sure they will not even cross the 200-mark in 2019," she stated.