CPM, Trinamool two sides of same coin: BJP

BJP described the ruling CPI(M) and Opposition Trinamool Congress in West Bengal as "two sides of the same coin", while asserting that it was going to fight in nearly all the seats for the upcoming Assembly elections.

Last Updated: Feb 15, 2011, 18:37 PM IST

Kolkata: BJP on Tuesday described the ruling
CPI(M) and Opposition Trinamool Congress in West Bengal as
"two sides of the same coin", while asserting that it was
going to fight in nearly all the seats for the upcoming
Assembly elections.

"We are going to fight in almost the seats in West
Bengal," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said on the sidelines of the
party`s national office-bearers` meet here.

"We regard the CPI-M and Trinamool Congress as two
sides of the same coin. CPI-M has run the state to the ground
and there is no industry, huge unemployment and public
discontent," BJP central observer Chandan Mitra said.
He said the CPI(M)-led Left Front government in West
Bengal had done nothing for the development of the state
in its 34-year rule.

"But at the same time, the Trinamool Congress has
behaved erratically and has not been able to come up with a
roadmap for the future."
Mitra claimed that "hooligans and other criminal
elements of CPI(M) have now joined the ranks of opposition
Trinamool Congress."

It is a choice between the devil and the deep sea, he
said.

"We resolve to establish our presence in the coming
elections," Mitra said, adding the meet discussed the tactics
and strategy that the party would follow in the elections to
the five states of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Puducherry and
Tamil Nadu.

PTI