Mamata not to contest WB Assembly polls

Mamata Banerjee however made it clear she will lead the govt in case TMC won in polls.

Updated: Mar 03, 2011, 00:08 AM IST

Kolkata: Springing a surprise, Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that she will not
contest the elections in West Bengal but made it clear that
she will lead the government in case her party won and enter
the Assembly within six months.

"It is not compulsory that I have to enter the contest. I
can lead the government, if the people want, without
contesting the elections, because a constitutional provision
exists for getting elected within six months of the new
Assembly being formed," Banerjee said.
Talking to reporters at her Kalighat residence in south
Kolkata before leaving for Delhi, Banerjee said she would
continue as the Railway Minister and fulfill her commitment.

"I will rather devote myself to the campaigning for the
elections and concentrate more on my work," she said.

Banerjee said she had just presented the Railway budget
and she now has to get it passed in the Parliament.
"Tomorrow and the day after there will be a discussion on
the budget in the House," she said.

She asked all political parties to keep the election
campaign in the state peaceful, saying, "There should not be
any political bitterness and everybody should be careful about
maintaining political decorum."

Banerjee said she would return here after March 8 or 9
for the campaign.

To a question about the Trinamool`s poll alliance with
the Congress, Banerjee said, "There should not be any worry
about it. We have already talked to the Congress. We are very
much in alliance with the Congress."