'Bengal Tiger' Mamata will decide new government, says Naidu

Lalgarh (West Bengal), May 9: Hailing Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee as a 'Bengal Tiger', Telugu Desam Party (TDP) president N. Chandrababu Naidu has asserted that she will be a major player in the formation of the new central government after the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.Addressing a rally at this former Maoist hotbed on Wednesday, Naidu also warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will be defeated in the polls.“The West Bengal chief minister is a Bengal tiger now.  She will become the tiger of the nation after the elections. Mamata Banerjee will win all the 42 seats in West Bengal and  will play a big role in the formation of the new government. The BJP is going to suffer a miserable defeat,” Naidu was quoted as saying.The Andhra Pradesh chief minister, who also visited Hadia village in Tamluk constituency on Wednesday, said West Bengal has effectively combatted the problem of Maoist insurgency due to the development work undertaken by the TMC government.“Once this place was controlled by Left-wing extremists. But now, it is totally controlled by the chief minister of Bengal. There is peace now and a lot of development work has been done. The people of the region are living in peace. It is a model to be followed,” Naidu said."Mamata-ji is a fighter. Her relentless efforts brought down the 34-year long communist rule in West Bengal. She is now doing much-needed development work in this state. She will play an important role in forming the next non-BJP government," he added.Accusing the BJP of trying to destroy the country's federal structure, Naidu asserted that the ruling party is indulging in communal politics as they cannot match the TMC's strength in West Bengal."Institutions and constitutional bodies are being destroyed. Mamata-ji has opposed the atrocities of the BJP government led by Narendra Modi. She is a big challenge for anti-constitutional forces. The BJP could not challenge her, that is why they are resorting to communal politics in order to divide the people of Bengal," he said.Naidu is trying to cobble together an anti-BJP alliance ahead of the announcement of the elections results which is scheduled for May 23. He is scheduled to visit Kharagpur, which is a part of the Medinipur Lok Sabha constituency, along with Mamata on Thursday in order to campaign for TMC candidate and Rajya Sabha MP Manas Bhunia.The TDP chief had told the media last week that leaders of several anti-BJP parties will meet in New Delhi on May 21 in order to decide a Prime Ministerial candidate.However, Naidu may face a tough challenge from Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, who is also trying to garner support for his proposed Federal Front, which is supposed to be an alliance of non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties.News24 BureauImage Credit: Google Image