Biman disapproves of Deb`s alleged remarks against Mamata
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 00:16
Kolkata: Star campaigner for Assembly polls in West Bengal and state housing minister Gautam Deb was on Friday criticised by Left Front chairman Biman Bose for allegedly making unsavoury remarks against Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in election rallies.

Bose, who was speaking at the Rajasthan-Bengal Maitri Parishad, said, "If Gautam Deb has used such language, he has not done the right thing."

Bose, who is also the CPI(M) state secretary, alleged that foul language was being used by leaders of opposition parties and also questioned their body language, saying "people who had thought of a change have had second thoughts and decided to stick with the Left Front owing to such behaviour."

At this, Bose was asked about his own language in a recent meet-the-press programme and some of his party colleagues' remarks, to which he said he had not made any comment about any opposition leader or named anyone.

Bose was then questioned about Deb's alleged personal remarks about the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and reference to her in a derogatory fashion, to which a defensive Bose said that if Deb had used such language, then he had not done the right thing.

The Left Front chairman, however, appeared confident of an eighth consecutive win in the Assembly elections despite having done badly in all elections since 2008 panchayat and 2009 Lok Sabha polls, saying, "There won't be much change in the 2006 results. There may be a little plus or minus, but overall the results will remain the same."

The Left Front had recorded a landslide victory in the 2006 elections winning 235 seats, but could win only 15 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls of which CPI(M) managed a meagre nine seats, while the Trinamool Congress rose from just one seat in 2004 to 19 seats out of 42 in the state.

Bose asserted that the fact that the people of the state have remained quiet this time and hardly gave vent to their feelings does not signify that they have decided in favour of a change, and claimed that Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee would retain his Jadavpur seat and be the Chief Minister again.


First Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 00:16

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