Mamata denies ‘secret’ pact with Modi
“If I don’t go, some people will say I lack courtesy. If I go, you will do Hindu-Muslim politics. There is a limit to everything and all kind of canards”, she said on <g data-gr-id="43">Friday,</g> while addressing a Trinamool Congress <g data-gr-id="44">Chatra</g> Parishad (TMCP) programme.“And why will I not go? We have given land to <g data-gr-id="45">IISCO</g> plant and it is a programme relating to the development of the state. Why will I allow others to take away the credit?” she added.
Banerjee’s comments comes in the wake of allegations levelled by CPI(M) and Congress that her sharing of dais with Modi during the inauguration of modernised <g data-gr-id="47">IISCO</g> steel plant at Burnpur, was an indication of a covert political understanding between the BJP and the TMC. Both Banerjee and Modi had spoken in favour of strengthening the federal structure of the country by keeping the country ahead of state politics.
Banerjee also gave a clarion call for defeating the CPI(M), Congress and BJP in days to come and cautioned critics not to teach her about the moral values of politics. “In the coming elections, we need to search for the CPI(M), Congress and BJP candidates and defeat them. We need to give them a fitting reply,” she said.
“Please don’t teach me moral values of politics. I am a product of student politics. Student politics has taught me to survive against all odds. I have come a hard way,” she said. Banerjee made it clear that for the TMC, commitment to the masses was supreme. “We left the UPA 2 government and our ministerial berths as we were against the anti-people FDI in retail,” she said.