“Narendra Modi and the Congress are like brothers and they are two faces of the same coin,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday, while addressing an election rally at Debagram in the State’s Nadia district.

Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, she said that whenever polls were round the corner, the Congress started a propaganda by stating that people should vote in its favour or else Narendra Modi would come to power.

Referring to the Gujarat riots, Ms. Banerjee said that it had been over 10 years since the “incident” but the Congress still raised it when elections were close.

Addressing an election rally at Berhampore in the State’s Murshidabad district later in the day, she said that the fate of the State Congress leaders who were serving as Ministers in the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government at the Centre was sealed.

“They are sure to lose the next general elections,” she said, pointing out that they became Ministers only due to the “mercy” of the Trinamool Congress as they got the opportunity when the party withdrew its support from the UPA government.

Stating that the Congress has “managed” the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) for its political gains in the past, Ms. Banerjee added, “but, you cannot manage us.”

“I always play with a straight bat,” she said.

She added that those who had conspired against her will be exposed in future.

She accused the Congress and the BJP of tying up with the CPI(M) to defeat the Trinamool Congress in the ongoing panchayat elections.

Meanwhile, a State committee member of the BJP, Ambuj Sharma, sent a legal notice to Ms. Banerjee during the day, stating that he would drag her to court unless she tendered a public apology for making allegations that he had “tied up” with the CPI(M) in the last Assembly elections to accord undue advantage to the party.

Over the past few weeks during her poll campaign, Ms. Banerjee has been brandishing sheaves of papers, stating that Mr. Sharma, as a former Howrah district president of the BJP, had struck a deal with the CPI(M).


  • "The Congress is sure to lose the next general elections"

  • BJP State Committee member sends legal notice