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Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee left for Delhi this evening to attend her first anti-UPA rally in the national capital on October 1, where she will give a call for another "poriborton", this time at the Centre.
After the rally, which comes in the wake of changed political equations within UPA II, the Trinamool is expected to intensify attacks on the Centre on economic reforms, which compelled Mamata to pull out from the Centre.
Addressing a rally in Howrah on Friday, Mamata had urged the people to "spot" those who are "cheating" the people and not support them. In an interview to CNN IBN, Mamata vowed to form a front of regional parties and spoke of the urgency of bringing down the "very arrogant" UPA II.
"Mamata's popularity has reached beyond Bengal. The Trinamool now has MLAs in Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. She has become the symbol of protest. The Centre will taste public fury on October 1. All of us will reach Delhi by Sunday night. Monday's rally will be a historic one," Trinamool MP Suvendu Adhikari said.
Party leaders observed that by launching a tirade against FDI in retail trade, Mamata had gained the confidence and respect of crores of retailers and farmers across the country. Therefore, they felt, if the party manages spread the campaign against FDI to other states, it will help the party gain a strong foothold beyond Bengal.
After withdrawing support from the Centre, Mamata began targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. With the charged political environment ahead of her Delhi rally, political observers are waiting to see if Mamata will continue to rail against the Prime Minister in Delhi. It is also to be seen whether representatives from the SP and other regional outfits, which have opposed FDI in retail trade, will join the rally.
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