An anti-Congress wave in the country: Mamata

Last Updated: Wed, Dec 11, 2013 14:11 hrs

New Delhi: There is an anti-Congress wave in the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Wednesday after the party was routed in four assembly elections.

"There is anti-Congress wave in the country," Banerjee told reporters when asked if there was a Narendra Modi wave in the country.

The Congress performed badly in the four states of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan while retaining power in Mizoram.

Price rise, especially of onion, decision to bring foreign equity in retail, increase in rates of petroleum products and fertiliser by the central government were the main reason behind the Congress debacle in these polls, she said.

Banerjee had left the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Sep 18, 2012 over the issue of foreign equity in multi-brand retail.

Refusing to comment whether her party was open to support Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi, in case the BJP was in a position to form a government after 2014 national polls, the Trinamool Congress chief said the new dispensation in Delhi should be "secular and stable".

"It should be a secular government. Economic and political stability and good governance is needed in the country as it affects states," said Banerjee.

Stating she was open to a federal front, the chief minister said she would talk to anyone who wanted to discuss the issue with her.

"We are fighting alone ... we are against the Congress, the BJP and the CPI-M but I am open to talk to anyone," she said.

When asked on Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party stunning success in the Delhi assembly polls, Banerjee said she did not know much about them.

"I don't know about them. I can't say anything," she added.

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