Cong with CPI-M scuttling WB`s development: TMC

Continuing its verbal war with Congress, Trinamool Congress on Thursday claimed that its ally has joined hands with opposition CPI(M).

Last Updated: Jan 05, 2012, 18:33 PM IST

Kolkata: Continuing its verbal war with Congress, Trinamool Congress on Thursday claimed that its ally has joined hands with opposition CPI(M) to conspire against it to scuttle development of West Bengal.
"When we are working for the development of the state,
CPI(M) and Congress are jointly trying to scuttle that and
opposing such efforts in the same language," Trinamool
Congress secretary-general Partha Chatterjee told newspersons
here.

"When Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is trying to
steer the state out of the financial crisis created by the
previous Left Front government, they are trying to rake up
non-issues," Chatterjee, also the state industries minister,
said.

Regarding the Congress and CPI(M)`s criticism of the
government over procurement of paddy from farmers, he said,
"Congress leaders should know that the Centre fixes the
minimum support price of paddy or jute. Despite that they are
doing this, I wonder in whose interest they are doing this."
"The state Congress leaders and CPI(M) should go
together to Delhi to protest instead of here," he said.

Taking a dig at Congress minister in the state Manas
Bhuniya, who criticised the government at a Congress rally
alongwith other party leaders yesterday, Chatterjee said,
"Remaining in the government and speaking against it in public
on the streets is not dignified."

Supporting two Trinamool Congress ministers` outburst
yesterday that the Congress MPs and MLAs should resign and
seek fresh mandate if they had the guts, he said, "They should
try to win an election without riding on the popularity of
Mamata Banerjee and then say all this."

He claimed that the Congress and CPI(M) were resorting
to lies to malign the Trinamool Congress and its leader Mamata
Banerjee`s efforts to speed up development of the state.

PTI