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All secular parties will unite to form govt after BJP is ousted in 2024: Mamata

"I am confident, BJP won't get a single majority in 2024," said Banerjee, adding that when that happens, others will unite (against BJP).

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Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee on Thursday prophesied that the BJP would be ousted from power at the centre in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and all secular parties would unite to form the government.

Addressing the Trinamool’s Martyrs’ Day rally, Banerjee said, “The BJP will not get a majority in 2024, And when that happens, all opposition parties will have to be united and form the government. However, it is my belief that we will come on top when that happens.”

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She said the people of India will oust the BJP in 2024, which would be a vote for rejection and not re-election.

“I am confident, BJP won’t get a single majority in 2024,” said Banerjee, adding that when that happens, others will unite (against BJP).

Accusing the BJP of trying to break the governments run by the opposition parties everywhere, she said: “They have taken this as their job. In West Bengal also they used various ploys to defeat us (in last year’s Assembly polls), but could not succeed.”

“I want to remind the BJP, who are trying to break governments across states, of the result of the 2021 Assembly polls,” she said.

Banerjee alleged that BJP did not have the backbone to fight her party politically, and so it was using various central agencies to disturb her government.

“We have the ability to fight. We have the spine to take on the BJP. They don’t have an erct spine. Their spine is the ED, CBI, and Income Tax department,” she said.

Banerjee slammed BJP for hiking GST on various items including food, and asked, “What will people eat?”

Hitting out at the Centre over the revised GST rates, the chief minister showed the rally some puffed rice and said “there is GST on the smallest of items nowadays”.

“We are simple people who eat simple food and the BJP is even taking that away from us. Not only that, look at where the rupee stands now,” she said, referring to the constant devaluation of the rupee against the dollar.

The TMC supremo alleged the BJP has destroyed the country’s economy and social fabric,

“Look at the cost of LPG cylinders now. Look at fuel prices. Not only that, but they are also affecting the Indian Army through the Agnipath scheme. It is nothing but an attempt to create a cadre for their party. There is no need to have a government which increases prices of fuel and LPG cylinders,” she said.

“Do not insult the Indian Army. What is Agnipath? Will the youth of our country work as a BJP party cadre? Do you have absolutely no respect for the youth of our nation?” the TMC supremo said.

She alleged the BJP government at the Centre has sold everything — Air India, Coal India, Railways. “All they have done is sell every asset of the country because they have no idea how difficult attaining Independence was. And now, with the Agnipath scheme, they want to do the same with the Indian Army.”

Banerjee claimed poverty and unemployment have gone down in Bengal; unlike in the rest of the country.

She said the Centre has also recognised Bengal’s numero uno position as far as the income of peasants is concerned.

“We have ensured development on all fronts — from setting up IT hubs to making roads across the state. Whenever we try going ahead with developmental work, the BJP simply comes forth with its own agendas, trying to stop us,” Banerjee said.

“However, remember, they will never be able to stop me and my party,” she told the mammoth gathering.

“People of Bengal walk with their heads held high, we will never bow down to an autocratic force,” Banerjee said.

The chief minister said, addressing BJP, “Clear the MGNREGA funds. Stop depriving people who work hard! Stop denying people their basic rights.” 

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