Haringhata: Accusing the CPI(M) of
using the BJP to split anti-Marxist votes in Bengal, Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asked the electorate to
`be careful` by not wasting a single vote and help in
effecting political change in Bengal.
"The CPI(M) has brought in the BJP to divide the votes
of the Trinamool-Congress alliance. Be careful, don`t give a
single vote to them", Banerjee, on a whirlwind tour to Nadia
Significantly, the Trinamool supremo made the appeal
ahead of tomorrow`s first phase voting in 54 constituencies of
North Bengal where the BJP has a sizable presence in some
pockets, including Malda and Cooch Behar districts bordering
About the BJP criticism of her presenting a railway
budget for 2011-12 with an eye on the Bengal polls, the
railway minister said "when I tried to ensure railway
development in Bengal they dubbed it as a West Bengal-centric
budget making the rest of India kangal (pauper)."
"Now they are seeking votes from people here (West
Bengal)," Banerjee said.
Debunking the CPI(M) charge that Trinamool was
corrupt, Banerjee said "we have not yet come to power, where
does the question of corruption come. Trinamool is a party
which maintains transparency."
She said CPI(M) which used to claim itself to be
a party of `have-nots` turned rich now "as the have-nots have
now been left out."
"The Trinamool was born (in 1998 by breaking
away from Congress) to rid the state of CPI(M)`s oppression
and misrule. The people of Bengal want a change," she said.