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‘Delhi needs parivartan’

Flagging off her party’s Lok Sabha campaign with a mammoth rally at the Brigade Parade grounds on Thursday, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee announced that her party would go for it alone in the parliamentary polls and renewed her clarion call for a federal front at the Centre.

The West Bengal chief minister also said that the Trinamool Congress was the only political alternative for the country. ‘Our fight is against the BJP, our fight is against the Congress, our fight is against CPI(M). Our fight is also against corruption,’ she said at the rally which saw lakhs of people waving the party flag and cheering Banerjee on as she raised slogans like ‘Dilli chalo.’
She said, ‘A federal front should be formed. We want a change (in government) in Delhi. We are giving a call from Bengal for change.’

Claiming that the TMC would play a decisive role in the formation of a government after the Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said, ‘We have to win enough seats from Bengal to ensure that Bengal plays a key role.’

Remembering Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s historic war cry ‘Dilli Chalo’, Mamata repeatedly sounded the resonant words while addressing the huge gathering.

Scotching speculations on her possible support to a BJP-led government at the Centre, Banerjee said, ‘We do not want a government which encourages riots. Bengal will show the way to India in the coming days.’

Claiming the TMC was the only viable alternative at the Centre, she said, ‘BJP is not an alternative to the Congress. Congress is not an alternative to the BJP. We also don’t want a monarchy,’ referring to the Congress-led government at the Centre.

Indicating that the TMC would play a decisive role in the formation of a federal government after the Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said, ‘We have to win as many as seats from Bengal to ensure that Bengal plays a key role.’ The CM also said that the Trinamool Congress will be campaigning outside Bengal for the 2014 polls.

Riding piggy back on the massive victory of her party in the recent panchayat and municipal elections, the leader said, ‘There is no room for complacency. There is no room to be overconfident and underestimate opponents. We have to win all the Lok Sabha seats (Bengal has 42 seats),’ she said.

‘We want removal of corruption and to save the country. We want a united India. We want a government which works for harmony and integrity,’ Banerjee said amid loud applauses.

Attacking the Centre over price rise and corruption, she said, ‘Our fight is against corruption. Our fight is against price rise. Our fight is for unity, integrity and communal harmony. We want to establish a government for the welfare of the people.’

Pointing to the vast sea of humanity, she said, ‘Today’s rally is not only historic, it proves that Bengal will once again lead the country. What Bengal thinks today, India thinks tomorrow. I am told by Mukul Roy (the party general secretary) that 20 to 25 lakh people have come here to attend the rally. We will hold another rally at the Brigade after winning the coming Lok Sabha elections,’ she confidently announced.
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