In a big setback for the Rahul Gandhi, Trinamool chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday admitted that the Congress party cannot form the government at the Centre in the ensuing Lok Sabha polls on its own because the grand old party has failed to put up a fight against the ruling BJP.
"Congress cannot form the government on its own, it will have to seek help from others. It is because Congress failed to put up a fight against the BJP, the saffron party grew from strength to strength," Mamata Banerjee said in West Bengal.
Taking on the BJP party over hindering the process of renaming the state of West Bengal to 'Bangla', the Trinamool chief later went onto allege that the Narendra Modi-led party does not 'like West Bengal and Bengali'.
"BJP doesn't like West Bengal and Bengalis, that is why they have stopped the process of renaming the state to Bangla. In every state, alliances have been formed to oust Modi. Once he is voted out of power, all of us can work together to build a new India," she added.
Earlier on Sunday, while addressing a rally on Mamata's turf West Bengal, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had slammed the Trinamool chief for her silence at those who want two PMs for India.
"For vote bank politics, Didi now stands with the people who want to break India. She is supporting people who want two PMs in India. Does India need two PMs?," he said.
He also attacked her saying that she does not stand by her own party Trinamool's slogan.
"The promise of 'Ma Maati Maanush' is on one hand and the truth of TMC on the other hand. For vote bank politics, Didi forgot 'Ma' and sided with those who raise slogans of 'Bharat ke tukde tukde '. This is an insult to 'Ma'," he said.
West Bengal is one of the biggest states which will largely impact the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. In 2014, the ruling party in the state, Mamata Banerjee's TMC won 34 seats, and despite the massive claims by BJP that they would win a minimum of 23 seats, the situation is projected to remain the same.
With both the BJP and Congress having had released their election manifestos enlisting their promises for the voters ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the stakes have increased to top-notch for the Prime Ministerial post. May 23 will decide the fate of the 543 Lok Sabha seats.
(With PTI inputs)