Could defeat Left due to Trinamool in Bengal: Pranab
Taking on his detractors in the West Bengal, who are against the alliance with Trinamool Congress, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said that the Congress needs the TC to defeat the Left Front in the state.
Basanti (WB): Taking on his detractors in
the West Bengal, who are against the alliance with Trinamool
Congress, Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday said
that the Congress needs the TC to defeat the Left Front in the
"My detractors are saying that I have sold the Congress
to Mamata Banerjee`s TC. In the 2009 Lok Sabha election the
Left Front could only win 15 out of the 42 seats in West
Bengal because we had an alliance with the Trinamool Congress
in the parliamentary election," Mukherjee told an election
rally here in South 24 Parganas district.
"I am confident that the Congress-TC alliance would
come to power in the assembly elections and Mamata Banerjee
would become the new chief minister of West Bengal, the senior
Congress leader said.
The new government would speed up the development
process in the state and would also bring peace and prosperity
to the state, Mukherjee claimed.
West Bengal was lagging behind many states in the
field of education, health care, industry and infrastructure
development due to the "misrule" of the Left Front during its
34-year rule, he said.
The Union Finance minister also said that after the
devastating cyclone Aila which hit the South 24 Parganas
district, "I had sanctioned Rs 1,000 crore to the West Bengal
government for relief and rehabilitation of the cyclone
affected people but the state government failed to properly
utilise the money."
Murshidabad Congress strongman Adhir Chowdhury
openly campaigned for the four rebel Congress candidates in
the district, who contested against the Congress-TC alliance
In some other districts like Malda, North Dinajpur
and Nadia there were some rebel Congress candidates who
contested against the official Congress-TC alliance