Kolkata: Expressing alarm over the policies of the Narendra Modi government at the centre and the Mamata Banerjee regime in West Bengal, CPI-M veteran and former chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday gave a call for the removal of the BJP and the Trinamool Congress to save the country and the state.
Ahead of the crucial 2016 assembly polls, the Communist Party of India-Marxist organised a massive rally at the Brigade Parade Grounds here, at the start of its five-day plenum aiming to strengthen the party organisation.
Presiding over the rally in the presence of party general secretary Sitaram Yechury and other politburo members, Bhattacharjee exhorted party activists and supporters to win the upcoming battle -- the 2016 assembly polls.
"The condition in the country is not good. The BJP is spreading poison, spreading fire, and the country will be ruined. This BJP is snatching away the bread of the poor, we have to remove the BJP. So the first call from this rally is 'BJP hatao, desh bachao' (Remove BJP, save the country)," Bhattacharjee said, as the crowd vociferously reciprocated his call.
He then called for the removal of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool government.
"The condition of our state is alarming. This government has taken the state on the verge of destruction. This state is bankrupt, people here don't have a future, youths don't have a future, industry is not coming, only suicides are taking place.
"This government is of the anti-social. This can't be allowed, so we call for 'Trinamool hatao, Bengal bachao (Remove Trinamool, save Bengal)," Bhattacharjee said, egging on the crowd to repeat his words.
Exhorting party activists to prepare for the 2016 polls, the veteran Marxist leader said: "There is a big battle ahead, and we have to be prepared. But we will not merely fight the battle, we will fight it to win it. We have to win it."