West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee addresses a press conference in Kolkata over the final NRC draft of Assam. Photograph:( PTI )
West Bengal chief minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she was not the BJP's servant to reply any of their statements.
''I am not BJP's servant to reply to any of their statements. I didn't say this (civil war remark), my concern is regarding the 40 lakh people whose names are not in the list (NRC),'' she said.
She also said that BJP is politically tensed because they know they won't come to power in 2019.
Banerjee, who has been trying to consolidate opposition unity, spent the second day of her Delhi visit meeting leaders of various parties including the Congress, TDP, YSR(Congress), DMK, RJD, SP and JD(S) and invited them to her rally on January 19 in Kolkata.
Surprisingly, Banerjee also met veteran BJP leader L K Advani at his chamber stating that her relations with him go back many years. Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, an NDA constituent, also came to meet Banerjee at the TMC office and she invited Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to the January 19 rally.
TMC chief said she was not vying for the post of prime minister and the candidate for the top post would be chosen collectively by all opposition parties.
She said the first priority is to bring all opposition parties together to take on the BJP in the coming Lok Sabha elections. "I am not for any post. I am interested in seeing that all parties should work together. All political parties will sit together and decide," she told reporters while replying to queries on the issue.