Kolkata: Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has come out with the first-ever forecast for the Lok Sabha polls due later this year but whose schedule is yet to be announced.
During a visit to Brigade Parade Ground in the city Thursday evening to oversee preparations for the 19 January mega rally, Banerjee told reporters that BJP will hardly get 125 seats.
“BJP will not get more than 125 seats. I am not sure how the Congress will fare but regional parties will be the key factor this election,” she said.
Her comment is being viewed as a hint that Trinamool is working towards an anti-BJP front keeping the Congress out.
This is even as the Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge is scheduled to attend the Trinamool convened mega rally on 19 January.
The rally, scheduled to start at 12 noon, will see a host of Chief Ministers and national level political leaders belonging to the opposition parties sharing the dais in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. Banerjee has named it United India Rally.
“Every political party has its own policy and political compulsions. Federal front will take care of all that,” she said.
Apart from her arch rival the Left parties, the big misses in the mega rally will be Bahujan Samaj Party Kumari Mayawati, Biju Janata Dal chief Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Kolkata Police will be pressing some 8,000 police personnel to maintain security and safety at the Brigade Parade Ground on the rally day. Eight deputy commissioners of police will be leading the security cover to the five stages that have been erected for the purpose.
The security arrangement will be so tight that media persons, who are being allocated an area not far from the dais, have been asked to enter by 9 am. Trinamool rallies have to reach the venue by 10 am.
Police commandos will keep an eye from the roof of all the high-rises around the venue. On the ground, 15 disaster management teams, 15 ambulances and, fire-tenders will be kept on standby to deal with any eventuality.
The Trinamool chief has already claimed that the 19 January rally will break the previous crowd record created 42 years ago by late CPI-M leader Jyoti Basu.