New Delhi Correspondent
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the BJP of politicizing key institutions in the country and said “India would be better off without the saffron party.”
“From the Raj Bhavan to the PM’s office, the BJP has put up its signboard at all important offices,” she said at a public rally in Balarampur in West Bengal.
She said her party Trinamool Congress would play an “important” role in the next parliamentary elections and that several opposition parties have confirmed their participation in rally convened by her in Kolkata in January.
The chief minister also announced her party’s decision to contest in parliamentary and assembly elections neighbouring Assam and Jharkhand states now ruled by the BJP.
“Assam has been witnessing anti-Bengali movements by some sections. I want my party men to start people-to-people contact in its districts neighbouring Bengal. The TMC will also field candidates in some constituencies of Odisha,” she said.
Mamata claimed the BJP, which won two seats in West Bengal in 2014 parliamentary polls, will fail to bag a single seat in the state in the next elections. She alleged that the saffron party was trying to make inroads into Bengal with help from the CPI(M). “The CPI(M) cadre have changed their colours to work for the BJP. They are saffron outside and red inside,” she added.