Senior Trinamool Congress leader Abhishek Banerjee Friday said the time has come to form a secular government led by party supremo Mamata Banerjee at the Centre in place of the one headed by Narendra Modi.
The BJP-led NDA government in the past five years has done nothing apart from spreading hatred and dividing the society on religious and caste lines, alleged Abhishek Banerjee, considered number 2 in the Trinamool Congress.
The coming Lok Sabha poll is a battle between Mamata Banerjee and Narendra Modi, he asserted.
"The time is up for BJP government. They won't return to power this time. We should work towards formation of a secular government at the Centre led by Mamata Banerjee. We have to free this country from BJP's reign of fear," he said addressing an election rally here in Purulia district.
Mamata Banerjee has been the prime mover of an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party front. The TMC, which is vying to play a major role in the formation of the next government at the Centre, has vowed to win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state. It had won 34 seats in the 2014 general election.
Abhishek Banerjee, The MP of Diamond Harbour, also accused the BJP of "fuelling riots" in the country and in the state.
"This Lok Sabha poll is a battle for an united India. This is a battle to save the culture and heritage of the country, which BJP is trying to destroy," the TMC leader, who is the nephew of Mamata Banerjee, said.
Keeping up his attack of the BJP, he said the party talks about religion just before the elections, and wondered what had happened about the promises it had made earlier.
Mocking BJP president Amit Shah's target of winning 23 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, Abhishek suggested that the saffron party should first keep its government at the Centre and then set its aim elsewhere.
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