New Delhi: Skipping the mega Opposition meeting today, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday dropped big hints that she is at the forefront of the race for the Leader of Opposition. “I want to help all the opposition parties to bell the cat. I don’t want to be a leader, but a simple cadre,” she said at a press conference later, while staying ambivalent on being the face of the Opposition to take on the BJP, saying it will depend on the situation.Also Read - Sukanta Majumdar Replaces Dilip Ghosh As BJP Bengal President Amid Defections
“I am not a political astrologer. It depends on the situation, structure. I have no problem if someone else leads. When the matter is discussed we can decide. I cannot impose,” Banerjee said to a select group of reporters in New Delhi, when asked if she could be the face of the Opposition. Also Read - Mayawati Says 'Poll Gimmick' as Charanjit Singh Channi Takes Oath as Punjab's First Dalit Sikh CM
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The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, who is in the national capital for the first time after her party’s resounding victory in the assembly polls, had on Tuesday said the unity of opposition parties will take shape on its own.
“I spoke to Lalu Prasad Yadav yesterday. We will be talking to all parties,” Banerjee told reporters.
“I am a simple worker and want to continue as a worker… I want to see sachcha din, bahut din acha di dekh liya,” Banerjee added, in a jibe at the BJP’s poll slogan.
On the Pegasus row, she said the situation was more serious than Emergency and accused the Centre of being unresponsive.
“Everywhere they are sending ED, IT for raids. Here there is no response. In a democracy, the government has to respond. The situation is very serious, it’s more serious than the emergency,” she said.