Kolkata: Calling for the ouster of the BJP at the Centre, the All India Trinamool Youth Congress president and party’s MP Abhishek Banerjee said on Sunday that there will be a ‘new sunrise’ in Delhi in the days to come under the leadership of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee.
He also stressed that the 2019 Lok Sabha polls would be a fight between dictatorship and democracy. “The upcoming Lok Sabha elections will be fight between an authoritarian rule, and fight to save democracy and constitution of this country,” he said.
Abhishek further maintained: “Our party supremo Mamata Banerjee has transformed herself as one of the favourites among 130 crore Indians. This is the reason why so many national leaders who are anti-BJP have responded to her call to attend the grand Brigade Rally on January 19 and strengthen her resources in her fight to oust the BJP government at the Centre.”
Addressing a public gathering at Hazra Crossing, he said national leaders like Arvind Kejriwal, Akhilesh Yadav, Stalin, Shatrughan Sinha, Farooq Abdullah and several others will attend the rally. He accused the BJP of ‘family tradition’ in elections and reiterated that the Trinamool Congress does not believe in the same. “We field those people in elections whom we feel can be a good representative and leave it to the people to elect or reject him,” he added.
Abhishek also came down heavily upon the CPI(M) alleging that they have surrendered themselves before the saffron party. “The BJP has taken anti-people decisions one after the other which include note ban, soaring prices of petrol diesel and the GST but the CPI(M) has not raised its voice against a single issue. “The Trinamool Congress under the leadership of our party chief has been vocal against all the decisions as we are pro-people which is clear from the several schemes like Kanyashree, Khadya Sathi, Sabuj Sathi, Sikshashree that have been initiated by Mamata Banerjee in Bengal,” he added.
Taking a dig at the saffron party over its politics of appeasement, he maintained: “We are against politics in the name of religion. We are with the people and will continue to stand by them. We are elected by the people so our only religion is the peoples’ religion.” Criticising Modi for his assertion at the BJP national convention in New Delhi on Saturday, Abhishek questioned whether the saffron party-led NDA government from 1999-2004 or various coalition governments that it was a part of were “majboot” or “majboor”. Abhishek slammed the Prime Minister’s call of Achhe Din and maintained that good days will come only when the government at the Centre is toppled. The MP has been addressing rallies across the state to garner support for the party’s Brigade rally for nearly a month. It ended with the address at Hazra on Sunday.