The Trinamool Congress would take some more time to extend its reach outside West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said today while claiming it would emerge as the third largest party after the Lok Sabha polls.
"These things can't be done in such a short time," Banerjee replied when asked what response she was receiving for her plans to extend TMC's reach outside West Bengal. "But now that we have started working on this, within a month I will cover other parts of the country."
Stating that the TMC lacked funds, Banerjee, the West Bengal Chief Minister said, "We have to travel by flights and do not have helicopters. We are having to face lot of hardships (in campaigning).
Speaking about addressing an election meeting at Shantinagar in Tripura's South district today, she said, "We thought of hiring a helicopter since we have to travel for two and a half hours by road to reach the venue from the airport (in Agartala), but we cancelled it after we were asked to pay Rs 76 lakh."
Stating that the TMC would go it alone in the Lok Sabha polls from West Bengal with the support of 'Ma, Maati, Manush', Banerjee said, "And we (TMC) will emerge as the third largest party in the country after the elections." Asked about the possibility of the CPI(M) joining hands with the Congress, Banerjee said, "We have been saying that the CPI(M), Congress and the BJP are working together. We are not saying this without basis.
"They have never done any development nor they will do so in future. Trinamool Congress is the only alternative for West Bengal," she claimed.
She had recently claimed that if the party got six months time, it would become the 'number one party in India'.