At a rally here, he sought to project Congress as the viable third alternative for the state, saying his party will bring a change in the fortunes of West Bengal, where Assembly polls are due in 2016.

Alluding to the bonhomie between BJP and Banerjee's Trinamool Congress as she heads to Bangladesh during Modi's visit there, Gandhi said, "When our (UPA) government was there, our PM wanted to go to Bangladesh. We spoke to her and requested her to go with us. She said no, 'ekla chalo re' (I will go alone).

"Now, Modiji is there, so no 'ekla chalo re'. We will go together. Why is this happening? What is the friendship about? You must be knowing the reason."

In his over 20-minute speech, Gandhi lambasted Banerjee, an erstwhile UPA ally, saying that contrary to her promise of freeing West Bengal from the "persecution" under the Left, she had "doubled" it after becoming chief minister of West Bengal.

Congress and TMC had fought the 2011 Assembly elections together in the state which had brought to an the 35-year rule of the Left in West Bengal.

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