West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was gathering "people from all over the country" after realising her inability to take on the BJP, the saffron party said on Saturday. Taking a dig at the Trinamool Congress supremo, state BJP president Dilip Ghosh said, "In the coming Lok Sabha polls, BJP is posing a big challenge to all other parties and everybody understands it.”
Ghosh further referred to the January 19 mega Opposition rally organised by the Trinamool chief at the Brigade Parade ground and said, "Mamata Bnerjee knows she cannot take on the BJP alone. So, she is gathering people from across the country. This shows she has gone on the back foot.”
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The Trinamool, on the other hand, said the BJP was unnerved as it was becoming clear the coming elections will be fought on the development plank and not on any Hindu-Muslim issue.
"In West Bengal, the polls will be fought on the development plank, not on any Hindu-Muslim issue. In fact, apart from development, there will be no other issue in the poll," said senior Trinamool leader and state power minister Sovandeb Chattpadhyay.
"This is what has made the BJP afraid," he added.
The rally was addressed by leaders of 23 political parties including former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, chief ministers of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi - HD Kumaraswamy, Chandrababu Naidu and Arvind Kejriwal respectively.
The BJP, traditionally weak in West Bengal, has been making a determined bid to throw a serious challenge to the Trinamool as part of its focus on the eastern states to boost its Lok Sabha tally.