Cong, allies using black money for Assembly polls: BJP
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Last Updated: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 19:15
Kolkata: The BJP on Saturday claimed that the Congress and its allies were using black money for campaiging in five states going for Assembly polls and said it would lodge a complaint with the Election Commission in this regard.

''The Congress and its allies are flowing out black money like water. They are converting 'corruption currency' into 'campaign currency.' Election Commission should take suo motu action. We will also complain to the EC if necessary,'' BJP vice-president in charge of West Bengal Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told a press conference.

Referring to the detention of Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Jhakhand Kanwar Deep Singh at Delhi Airport yesterday, Naqvi claimed this was a 'small example' of how black money was being used by an ally of the Congress for the elections.

Describing Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee as an 'opportunist,' both during her stint with the NDA and her present alliance with the UPA, Naqvi said, ''the only difference now is that she is protecting the Maoists in return for their support to her.''

Asked whether Banerjee would make a good chief minister for West Bengal, Naqvi replied in the negative, saying, ''if she becomes chief minister, then the state will have a worse government from the present bad government.''

Naqvi said during the poll campaign, BJP -- which is contesting all 294 Assembly seats in West Bengal -- will focus on good governance, development and security.

Our election slogan will be "honest nationalism against hypocrite secularism", he said.

He said infiltration was a big problem in West Bengal if BJP is voted to power, it will bring a legislation to check the menace.

On whom BJP is projecting as chief ministerial candidate in the state, Naqvi said, "Ours is a big party, we do not have any dearth of (chief ministerial) candidates."

The party, he said, will organise over 250 rallies in course of the six-phase polls in the state, which would be participated by BJP's top leadership including Narendra Modi.

On the possibility of an alliance with Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Naqvi said, "We are going alone in the elections as of now. But if any party offers support, our state leadership will take a call on it."

Meanwhile, BJP state president Rahul Sinha said a clear picture will emerge by Tuesday on whether the party will tie-up with the GJM, which had supported Jaswant Singh's candidature for the Darjeeling Lok Sabha seat.


First Published: Saturday, March 26, 2011, 19:15

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