Assembly polls in Bengal possibly this year: Mamata
Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said the 2011 Assembly elections in West Bengal could be possibly preponed, despite West Bengal CM Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee rejecting the party`s demand for advancing the polls.
Kolkata: Trinamool Chief Mamata Banerjee
on Tuesday said the 2011 Assembly elections in West Bengal could be
possibly preponed, despite West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee rejecting the party`s demand for
advancing the polls.
"The assembly elections will possibly be held this year
after the (May 30) civic polls," Banerjee told an election
The Trinamool chief said the people had seen CPI(M)
ministers for 38 years (4 years of United Front and 34 years
of LF government) who would not leave unless they were voted
out of power.
Denying the chief minister`s charge that her party
indulged in violence, Banerjee said change was required
in a democracy for competition.
Indirectly referring to the CPI(M) and the BJP voting
during the cut motion in the Lok Sabha against the UPA, she
said, "CPI(M) and BJP have become like two brothers. With
BJP`s help, CPI(M) secured seven Lok Sabha seats in West
Bengal. The parties are hand in glove."
On allegations that she was staying away from the
national capital and neglecting her duties as Railway
Minister, she said "I am being continuously criticised why I
am here, away from the national capital. But, I would like to
make it clear that I am not supposed to answer to CPI(M). I
will do my work here as it is my home."
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) lodged a complaint with the West
Bengal Election Commission alleging that she had violated the
civic poll model code during campaigning.
While campaigning at Hazra here on May 14, Banerjee had
claimed to have a secret report about CPI(M)`s attempt to
create communal discord in connivance with the police in the
metropolis, CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose said in a
complaint to state Election Commissioner Meera Pandey.
Yesterday, she had repeated the allegation at another
public meeting at Rajabazar, he said.
Bose asked the SEC to act immediately as such provocative
speeches were "in gross violation of the civic poll model code
and the People`s Representative Act, 1951".