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Mamata Banerjee calls for opposition unity to defeat BJP; Cong, NCP, RJD, DMK leaders attend TMC' Martyrs' Day event in Delhi

11:49 PM Jul 21, 2021 | Aritra Singha

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday gave a clarion call to all the opposition political parties to unite against the alleged atrocities of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Stating that she will be just a worker of the front, Mamata said that setting aside personal gains the opposition parties should unite for the sake of democracy.

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Urging NCP chief Sharad Pawar and INC’s P Chidambaram to call for a meeting, the TMC supremo said that the new front should be built at the earliest.

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“I will be in Delhi during the last week of July and if anyone calls for a meeting then we can sit and chalk. Building of the front should not get delayed, as not ahead of the vote but preparations should be taken from now. In November, I am planning a rally with all the parties in Kolkata’s Brigade Parade ground,” said Mamata while observing TMC’s martyr’s day.

Taking a potshot against the BJP-led Central government, Mamata said that through Pegasus spyware, the BJP government is trying to make India a surveillance country instead of Democratic country.

“Pegasus is ferocious and dangerous and BJP is trying to interfere in the privacy of people. No one should ever spare them, TMC workers should protest everyday for at least 30 minutes to protest against this cyber scam. The opposition parties should also take action as no one got ever spared for doing scam,” said the TMC supremo while showing her mobile where she had put a plaster to protest against the spyware scam.

Appealing to the Supreme Court, the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that the apex court should take suo moto cognizance or a SIT should be set up over spyware issue.

“People of the country need pro-people governance but BJP’s policies are anti-people. From inadequate vaccination supply to constant price hikes of petroleum products, all policies of the central government are anti-people. Through fuel price hike the BJP government has collected 3.7 lakh crore rupees and instead of giving that money to poor people they are doing spyware,” added Mamata also claiming that BJP is a virus party.

Notably, this is the first time the Trinamool Congress had set up giant screens in 32 states apart from West Bengal just to increase the public connection of TMC ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha election. In Tripura, several TMC cadres were arrested for breaking pandemic protocols.

In Delhi’s Constitution club, NCP’s Sharad Pawar, INC’s P. Chidambaram, Congress’ Digvijay Singh, Samajwadi party’s Jaya Bachchan amongst other opposition leaders were present to take part in TMC's martyr’s day.

Meanwhile, stating that August 16 to be celebrated as ‘Khela Diwas’, the TMC supremo asked everyone to organise this program at every block across the country.

Taking to Twitter BJP Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta said, “Interesting @MamataOfficial has declared August 16 as “Khela hobe divas”. It is the day the Muslim League launched its Direct Action Day & began the Great Calcutta Killings in 1946. In today’s West Bengal, “Khela Hobe” has come to symbolise a wave of terror attacks on opponents.”

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