West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday asserted that hers is the only party that can oust the double engine government of the BJP, and provide the people of the country with an alternative to the saffron camp. Addressing a public rally here, she claimed that democracy has taken a backseat in Tripura under the BJP rule, as "parties were not allowed to organise political meetings, and journalists lost their right to gather news".
“Two years ago, our party leaders and activists were attacked, their vehicles vandalized. Some of them were illegally put behind the bars. Democracy is in a bad shape in the state, and our leaders and members became subjects of torture for protesting against misdeeds," she stated.
In an oblique reference to the BJP, Banerjee also said that the party which cannot guarantee 100 days' work to people has no right to ask for vote. "The TMC is the only party which would oust the double engine government from the country and provide an alternative to people," she maintained.
The TMC boss also stated that people in Tripura will "reject" the CPI(M)-Congress alliance, much like what had happened in Bengal. She gave assurance that her party, if voted to power, will introduce development schemes that are currently available in Bengal, such as Lakshmir Bhandar and Kanyashree.