GUWAHATI, Feb 26 � Taking a dig at the country�s biggest political banners, Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today alleged that both the Indian National Congress (INC) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are jointly running syndicates at the cost of the common man.
Addressing a rally at Sarusajai sports complex, Banerjee further said that the Central government is in a state of �coma� and resorting to election gimmicks by spending huge amounts of money in airing misleading advertisements.
�If you want change, this is the time. And if anyhow the TMC becomes a constituent of the next government, the country will see a new land policy as the existing one is worth nothing,� the former Union Railway Minister said.
She was of the opinion that the tribal people must be given right to the forests. Besides, rights of the hill dwellers also need to be ensured, she pointed out.
In the rally titled �Maa-Mati-Manuh�, the West Bengal Chief Minister questioned the Centre�s competence in addressing the basic issues of the voters, be it in controlling the prices of essential commodities or ensuring that rights of the common man are not breached.
�Prime Minister Manmohan Singh represents Assam in Rajya Sabha, but he remembers that only during elections. The Congress party has ruled the country for so many decades and yet there is hardly anything that has changed for the masses. It has now emerged as an anti-agrarian party and is full of corrupt leaders,� she said.
�Both the Congress and the BJP have spoiled the nation and I urge you not to give a single vote to them. It is high time to change the government�s attitude. We are for complete administrative reforms,� Banerjee stated, adding that at no cost the country�s unity in diversity should be compromised.
Noted actor Biju Phukan today joined the TMC and released a book titled Parivartan based on life of Mamata Banerjee.
Later in the day, TMC leader and former Union Railway Minister Mukul Roy visited the family members of Pranab Boro who died on Monday after self-immolation during a protest on the issue of land rights in Guwahati.