Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said the party will fight the ongoing Lok Sabha polls alone and would emerge the third largest party. "Trinamool Congress will emerge the third largest party and play a pivotal role in the formation of the government," Banerjee told election rallies in Jamalpur and Balagarh in West Bengal today.
Alleging that Congress, BJP and CPI-M had entered into a 'tacit pact', she urged the people not to vote for them. "Trinamool will fight it alone and taste victory," she told an election rally at Jamalpur.
Tearing into Congress, she said it has no ideology, perpetrated loot and corruption and oppressed regional parties. "Please keep faith on Trinamool and we will show how to traverse the path of progress and development".
At Balagarh she slammed the UPA government at the centre for 'depriving' the state financially and urged the people not to vote for Congress. "Do not give a single vote to Congress. They have put the country into shambles and tried to starve Bengal economically. After the elections it will snatch our rights." Claiming that her government would have generated 20 lakh jobs had the Centre not deducted Rs 87,000 crore in the past three years for the debt of the previous Left Front government, Banerjee said "We do not want to beg. I have never bowed before CPI(M), Congress and BJP and would not do so in future. "It is not Gujarat but Bengal which is a model for development in the entire country. In the coming days Bengal will show the path to the entire country", she said.
Alleging that there was a collusion between Congress at the centre and the erstwhile Left Front government in the state, Banerjee said while the latter went on a loan spree to ruin the state financially, the central government allowed them. "CPI(M) is asking (the centre) not to give money to us (West Bengal) ... It will not be forgiven by the people of Bengal in the next 30 years for ruining the state and torturing the people."