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'I feel proud to say, Bengal is not only rising but also smiling': Mamata

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Kolkata | Friday, Sep 14 2018 IST
West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) supremo Mamata Banerjee today attended a programme 'Rising Bengal' organised by a private television channel. Ms Banerjee interacted with people from all walks of life at the event.

"I feel proud to say, Bengal is not only rising but also smiling. In every sphere, we are number one. Specially, 'Sarva Dharma Samannay' and 'unity in diversity'. It is our motto,"she said.

Ms Banerjee said, "Regional parties will play the main role in 2019. Many parties are together for the Federal Front. Only Congress and BJP are not the national parties. We are also a national party," she said.

TMC supremo said there are two concerns among the people stability of government if regional parties come together, and whether any work will get done. Situation has changed now. Most regional parties are working together.

2019 will be a referendum people will vote No for BJP and Yes for other parties. There are many reasons for that. If people decide do something, money power, fake news, propaganda cannot change that, she said.

Ms Banerjee said people are suffering today the commoners are the biggest sufferers. They want change. They will not think twice before voting for change.

She said winning 282 seats with 31 per cent vote share is not a joke. But that happens only once. After that what happened? Atrocities started. Petrol prices are rising. Price of cooking gas is rising. And what not? "We are only witnessing lynchings. People are being killed in the name of encounters. Some militant religious people are calling the shots. We want the country to be united and developed. Where is the collective leadership? Only two people are running the show! This government has failed in all sectors," the TMC supremo said.

"I have a lot of grievances against national channels. Why have they become silent spectators. Why are you not speaking the truth about the BJP? This is the feeling of the common people. Why is the media BJP-friendly? Media is a strong pillar of democracy. But they have lost the credibility," Ms Banerjee questioned.

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