New Delhi: Hailing Trinamool Congress`
thumping win in the West Bengal civic polls, the BJP today
said the electorate had whole-heartedly rejected the Congress
due to its confusion on the Naxal issue and its hobnobbing
with the Left parties despite an alliance with the TC.
"We congratulate the Trinamool Congress on its
spectacular performance in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation
elections. West Bengal voters have completely rejected the
Left parties which have been ruling the state for the last 30
or more years," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.
Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress was once a part
of the BJP-NDA alliance.
"This election is a rejection of the Congress too. The
reason is that while it has an alliance with the TC at the
Centre, it is hobnobbing with the Communists in West Bengal.
"Hence, the people have whole-heartedly rejected the
Congress," Sitharaman said.
She said the menace of Naxalism which adversely affects
the common man has not been addressed properly by the
Congress-led government at the Centre and the Left government
in West Bengal.
"The problem of Maoism affects the voters too,"
Sitharaman said, adding despite this the UPA ministers were
speaking in different voices on how to tackle the menace.
"Home Minister P Chidambaram maintained that the buck
stops at his desk while other ministers had a different view,"
Sitharaman said the recent Lalgarh incident and the
Jhargram train wreck, both involving Maoists, took place in
"There is a lack of strategy on the part of the
government in combating Naxalism and the voter has borne the
brunt of this," she said.
The main Opposition insisted that it was time the
government gave a final word on its stand on naxalism.
"How many more lives will be lost before the
government takes action?" Sitharaman asked.