Mamata accuses BJP minister of threatening Trinamool MP over Bengal

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Kolkata : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday accused the centre's ruling BJP of dictatorship, claiming that a Central Minister threatened her state after the Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Derek o' Brien posed a question related to information technology.

"Yesterday Derek O'Brien informed me that one minister threatened him. Derek raised a question about IT and then the minister replied that if you raise like this, then we will not spare Bengal. Like this they are threatening the state and they are threatening all," Banerjee said after her meeting with the former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, here.

The Trinamool Congress supremo said most of the opposition political parties are working together barring one or two, with a clear intention to oust the BJP from centre.

Banerjee also urged the media not to create division among the opposition, in an apparent reference to some journalists asking Abdullah whether she could be the Prime Minister if the BJP was defeated in the Lok Sabha polls next year.

A journalist had also asked Abdullah if the Congress could be a part of the Federal Front proposed by Banerjee.

"We are saying whatever we said earlier. We are for all. Please do not pick and choose a particular name to divide us," Banerjee said.

"All the regional parties and political parties who are against BJP are working together. May be one or two parties have their own state compulsion. That depends on them. Majority of the opposition political parties are working together and our intention is very clear," she claimed.

Banerjee further accused the BJP of trying to resort to a presidential form of election and claimed that she and her party would not tolerate any harm to the country and its people.

"They are going for presidential form of election. That is their strategy- dictatorship and threatening," she alleged. This we cannot tolerate. We can sacrifice everything for the country but we cannot sacrifice our country, we cannot sacrifice out people.

"We will keep fighting for the people. and ultimately in 2019 we will form a government with the people by the for the people," she added.