BJP questions Trinamool`s ability to govern West Bengal

Ridiculing the Trinamool Congress` slogan for change in the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly polls, BJP questioned the ability of its former ally to govern the state if voted to power.

Last Updated: Mar 12, 2011, 19:20 PM IST

Kolkata: Ridiculing the Trinamool Congress`
slogan for change in the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly
polls, BJP on Saturday questioned the ability of its former ally to
govern the state if voted to power.

"The so-called alternative to the CPI-M is hardly
likely to govern well ... Their track record in running the
party or the ministry (at the Centre) does not inspire the
confidence that they can govern," BJP leader Arun Jaitley said
at the party`s mandal presidents` conference here.
Stating that the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance
"would not last", he said, "While the Trinamool Congress is
dependent on one leader, the Congress is dependent on one
family. Conflict has already begun between the two parties."

Jaitley said the 2011 Assembly elections would be a
turning point in the state`s politics as also at the national
level. "After this election, the Left will not have a hold on
any major state government. With their defeat, the Marxists
will not be a position to build a third front at the Centre."
Observing that the upcoming Assembly polls have brought
about a "new political churning" in the state, the Leader of
the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said that people were wary
about both the CPI(M)-led Left Front and the
Congress-Trinamool alliance.

"This new churning is an opportunity for us. People are
now asking what is the alternative? The BJP will be the third
alternative in the state on the basis of patriotism and good
governance," he said.

The BJP will contest all the 294 seats in the state,
Jaitley added.

PTI