There will be regime change in 2019: Mamata
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday hit out at the Uttar Pradesh government for its failure to prevent crib deaths in Gorakhpur.
She took part in an interactive session entitled Rising Bengal 2017 organized by a regional channel at a city hotel.
Stopping short of naming UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, she said: " They are very active on social media but do not work. The government did not work properly in Gorakhpur," she maintained. She said in Bengal institutional delivery had reached 95% and infant mortality rate had dipped. " UP government has money and does not have to repay any loan to the Centre, they should have acted promptly," she said. Hinting at UP health minister Siddharth Nath Singh she said: " He came to Bengal and said Bhag Mamata Bhag and now who is running ?", she asked.
Coming down heavily on BJP, Mamata Banerjee said " We had worked under Atal Behari Vajpayee and he was a different man. I do not blame the Prime Minister but his party is interfering in every matter. They are trying to dictate our food and dress habits. This goes against the spirit of democracy." She said that Opposition leaders were scared as they ( BJP) were targeting everyone opposed to them, adding that she was not afraid of the intimidation tactics being adopted by the ruling party at the Centre.
Banerjee also claimed that there would be a regime change (at the Centre) in 2019 as the opposition parties had come together on a platform.
"There will be a change (at the Centre) in 2019. We are waiting for it. No front has been formed as yet, but the opposition parties have come on a platform and started working. Wait for six months, things will be clear," the Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo said.
She added that all the opposition leaders "will not speak so soon" as "otherwise, the (central) agencies will be unleashed on them".
Asked to comment on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dumping the Grand Alliance comprising the RJD and Congress and joining hands with the BJP, Banerjee said, "You are thinking about one Nitish Kumar, but I am thinking about 100 Sharad Yadavs, 100 Lalu Prasads, 100 Akhilesh Yadavs."
The Bengal CM on Friday congratulated rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav for organising a meeting of opposition parties in New Delhi on Thursday.
On her party sweeping the civic polls, she said: " Trinamool Congress has always worked for the people ."
Responding to a question raised by Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das, she said the state government would address the woes of scholars associated with various projects funded by the University Grants Commission.
Banerjee welcomed Peerless chairman SK Roy's proposal to set up a medical college in the state.
Industrialist Sanjay Budhia requested the CM to inaugurate Patton's sixth factory in the state shortly.
The session ended with a song by state Information and Cultural Affairs minister Indranil Sen which has been composed by Mamata Banerjee. The CD will be released on August 25.