West Bengal Chief Minister and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) head Mamata Banerjee targeted the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as well as the Indian National Congress (INC) in Goa. Banerjee said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was becoming more powerful because the INC was not serious about politics.
Banerjee accused the country’s oldest party also of not making decisions at crucial points. Taking a jibe at the BJP-led union government, Banerjee said Delhi’s dadagiri (hegemony) was being noticed everywhere.
Addressing reporters in Panaji on the last day of her three-day tour of Goa, Banerjee said, “I can’t say everything right now because they don’t take politics seriously. Modi ji is becoming more powerful because of Congress… if someone can’t make a decision, why should the country suffer for that?”
The AITC president said, “Congress got a chance earlier also. Instead of fighting against BJP, they fought against me in my state. Don’t you think they contested against me, against my political party in Bengal?”
The AITC has announced that it will contest all 40 seats in the upcoming Goa assembly election.
Banerjee said her party believed in allotting seats to regional parties in elections. “I want regional parties to be strong. We want the federal structure to be strong. We should make the states strong. If the states are strong, the union is strong too. We don’t want Delhi’s dadagiri, enough!”
Asked what decisions she thought the INC ought to take, she said, “I am not going to discuss the Congress as it is not my party. I have formed my own regional party and without taking support from anyone we have formed the government thrice. Let them decide.”
“This is also my way, I do not interfere in the working of any other political party. I can say about my political party and our fight will continue. We are not going to kneel before BJP,” the West Bengal chief minister added.
Sources in the AITC said her allusion was towards the inability of the INC high command to put its house in order and stand united with the rest of the opposition against the Modi government.