Malda: The CPI(M) and the BJP had
entered into a pact to divide anti-Left votes in the coming
Assembly election in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief
Mamata Banerjee alleged here on Sunday.
"The CPI(M) and BJP were working in tandem to divide
anti-Left votes. Therefore voting for the BJP means voting for
CPI(M). I appeal to you not to vote for BJP," Banerjee said at
a public meeting at Pakuahat in Habibpur (ST) constituency.
It was her first public election meeting in the state
where such meetings were not held earlier as the use of
microphones was not allowed due to various board examinations.
Describing the BJP, which has fielded candidates in
all 12 constituencies of Malda district, as `seasonal bird`,
Banerjee, also the Railway minister, said, "BJP has no base in
West Bengal. They party leaders arrive only before the polls."
Banerjee, who was earlier railway minister in the
BJP-led NDA government, urged people to vote for Trinamool
Congress candidate for Habibpur (ST), Mohan Tudu.
Incidentally, Tudu left BJP to join Trinamool Congress
some months ago.
On the late Congress stalwart ABA Ghani Khan
Chowdhury, Banerjee said "My salam to Barkat saheb. I started
my public meeting from Malda as he was the first person to
have floated the idea of forging an alliance to oust the Left
Front from power."
Khan Chowdhury has been an MP from Malda and a railway
Urging people not to vote for Independent candidates
who are originally from Congress, she said, "You vote only for
the alliance of Trinamool Congress and Congress to create
The Trinamool chief lambasted the "worthless" Left
Front government saying it did nothing for the district during