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For Mamata Banerjee, Congress a foe in state but friend at national level to 'fight' BJP

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Minister on Wednesday said that while the and the Trinamool will contest against each other in the state, they will fight together at the national level against the BJP.

The statement comes hours after Banerjee, upset with Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury's attack on her over the Saradha chit fund case in the Lok Sabha, registered her displeasure with in Parliament.

Sources said Gandhi, while trying to placate her, said, "We are accusing each other but we are friends," to which the responded: "I will remember."

"Any fight with the Congress will remain in the state. At the national level, we will fight together, this I am saying from the heart... For the greater interest of the country, I am ready to sacrifice my life, my party. I am ready to sacrifice everything," she said at the (AAP) protest at which was attended by several opposition leaders.

Banerjee, who is in till Thursday, also met RJD's Misa Bharti, Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) Satish Mishra, SP's and in her room in Parliament in the morning.

Addressing the protest, appealed to all opposition parties to play to their strengths and not cut into each others' votes. She also asked them to ensure that they get all the seats in the states they are strong in.

"is strong should work there, fight there against the BJP, in Delhi, it's AAP, in UP, it is BSP, SP, in Kashmir, there is ..for higher good, some sacrifices are needed...If we want, we can fight in many more seats, but we never do this for the higher good," she said.

In an apparent dig at the Congress whose state unit is fighting tooth and nail against the TMC, said while the Rahul Gandhi-led party is strong in the three heartland states, they should not cut into her party's votes in

"We tell the Congress, if you are strong in Chhattisgarh, and Rajasthan, you should fight there. But where we are strong, don't let the BJP win. I am used to fighting the BJP, and the Congress because in Bengal, these three parties fight together. Even if we make an understanding, they don't transfer votes. I am used to this. I am not scared. How much ever they fight, I will get 42 out of 42," she asserted.

The also attacked the Centre over the CBI's failed bid to question at his home, saying she has never seen a government that "stooped so low".

"It is the prime minister's last day as elected in Parliament today," she said after the Lok Sabha adjourned sine die.

"Everyone is afraid of Gabbar Singh. There are two of them -- (Narendra) Modi and (Amit) Shah," she claimed.

She said that the PM's speech in Parliament was "his last" in the House as a people's and that his government has reached its "expiry date".

Calling out the government for erecting statues and spending money on building its party office, Banerjee said that they did not respect the great leaders of the country and remembered them only during elections.

"They remember these people only during elections. They only want to make statues," she said.

Asserting that regional parties are not weak, she appealed to all these parties to mobilise their workers so that the anti-BJP front gets stronger.

"Regional parties are not weak, my party, Sharad Yadav's party, and the others are all recognised parties. It's just that the BJP has a lot of money. How much money is spent on one meeting of Modi? They give bike, cars, thousands of rupees...They have made a party office in which is no less than a shopping mall," Banerjee said.

She alleged that ministers of this government had called her to stop her from talking against the PM which she rebuffed.

"Can't I even talk?...send the to my house, let me now and I will make lunch for them, whatever they want, be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian...

"I am not scared. Shrouds wait for me, I don't wait for shrouds (kafan humara intezar karta hai, hum kafan ke liye nahi). This is my fight," she said.

Stating that the situation in was more dangerous than the days during the emergency, Banerjee said democracy has become 'Namocracy'.

"It is easy to see dreams but you should know how to dream. Modiji, you don't know how to dream, you know how to break the country. I know how to join the country...we will all fight together," she said.

A host of opposition leaders, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu, National Conference's Farooq Abdullah, Nationalist Congress Party's and CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury also spoke during the rally.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 20:20 IST