Opposition will fight the Lok Sabha elections together: Mamata Banerjee

File photo: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Photograph:( PTI )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 13, 2019, 06.47 PM (IST)

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday that the opposition will fight the upcoming Lok Sabha elections together

"We will fight together in the coming days," Mamata said at Delhi's Jantar Mantar. 

She added that her fight against the Congress and the CPM would remain confined to the state — but that at the national level they would fight together. 

"Let them fight against me, I don't mind. For interest of the nation, I'm ready to sacrifice my life/ party," she added. 

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Mamata has of course just emerged from a massive clash against the Centre after the CBI showed up unannounced at the Kolkata Police chief's home, accusing him of slow-walking the investigations into the Saradha and Rose Valley chit fund scams in Bengal. 

Mamata had said the CBI's turning up unannounced at Rajeev Kumar's home was a "destruction of the federal structure", and had a few hours later announced her "Save the Constitution" dharna. 

She called off her dharna after a closed-door meeting with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu. (A number of opposition leaders had called Mamata after her run-in with the Centre, offering their support.) 

"We are in danger, we have to protect this nation, democracy is under threat. If all of us are not united, this is the last election for all of us, tomorrow there won't be any election," Naidu said on Wednesday at Jantar Mantar. 

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ANI meanwhile reported that Mamata, Naidu, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah would meet later on Wednesday at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's home. 

A notable absentee from Wednesday's meeting will of course be Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. 

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Mamata said her fight against the Congress and the CPM would remain confined to Bengal — but that at the national level they would fight together.