Anna skips Delhi rally, angry Mamata says I left my work to come here


Mamata-BanerjeeNew Delhi: Weeks after extending his support to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare skipped a scheduled rally in Delhi citing ill health.

Hitting out at Anna over his absence, Mamata said that it wasn’t TMC but Anna’s rally. “I have left my work in Bengal to come here. If I wanted, I could have got a train full of people to the rally,” she said.

Anna along with Mamata was scheduled to address a rally at the Ramlila Maidan. Ironically, just before the rally, the TMC inducted an independent MP Kameshwar Baitha who has several criminal cases lodged against him.

During the rally, Mamata also took a jibe at Bharatiya Janata Party prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that he had a communal face. “People with money and power can do a lot in these elections. We are a poor party, We don’t posses such wealth. The leader of Gujarat has lot of money but he has a communal face,” she said.

Mamata also advocated her party’s stand and maintained that her party will fight against “questionable dealings between the BJP and the Congress.”

“When the Centre tried to impose FDI in retail on us, I opposed. I threatened to quit but they went ahead and so I left them,” the West Bengal Chief Minister said.

TMC leaders, Sougota Roy, Mukul Roy, Biwajeet Chatterjee, Shayam Saran were among those present in the rally.