Foreign forces, oppn gang up against LF: Buddha

Foreign forces along with Cong, TMC and Maoists had ganged up against his govt, Buddhadeb said.

Updated: Feb 13, 2011, 23:23 PM IST

Kolkata: "Foreign forces" have joined hands
with opposition parties in West Bengal to overthrow the Left
Front government, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee told
a massive Left Front rally on Sunday.

Kicking off a virtual campaign for the Assembly polls due
in three months, Bhattacharjee alleged that "foreign forces"
along with the Congress, Trinamool Congress and Maoists had
ganged up against his government.

"Who is wanting `parivartan` (change)? You should know a
group of foreign forces are behind this move and are working
with Congress, Trinamool Congress and Maoists. The BJP and
Jharkhand Party are also behind it," Bhattacherjee, a CPI-M
politburo member told the rally at the sprawling Brigade
Parade Ground.

He said these foreign powers had worked before and are
working now in different countries to see that red flags do
not flutter any more. "They are afraid of red flags. We are
warning these foreign forces not to meddle into the affairs of
our state."

With the CPI-M and other Left partners pulling out all
stops to convert the rally against price rise and other issues
into a show of strength ahead of the crucial Assembly polls,
all major roads in the city were clogged with supporters from
diferent parts of the city and other districts making their
way to the Maidan since this morning.

He said that challenge was not only from a combined
opposition of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress, but
also from Maoists.

"What is more worrisome is the Trinamool-Maoist nexus
which is spreading to more districts. They are killing
people and destablising the state`s economy," Bhattacherjee
said.

Evidently happy at the huge turnout, Bhattacharjee said
there was no alternative to Leftism and the coming election
would give the direction which way West Bengal would go --
towards anarchy or towards development of people.

He, however, cautioned party cadres against behaving
arrogantly which, he observed, had led to resentment among
people.

"I call upon them to correct themselves and go to the
people and admit mistakes," Bhattacharjee said asking party
supporters to fight to win the coming elections.

The Left Front, which has lost much electoral ground
since the last panchayat elections in 2008 followed by the Lok
Sabha polls in 2009, pitched hard to show its pro-poor image
with most leaders, including Bhattacharjee, devoting much of
their speeches to claims of a lot of schemes for the poor.

Admitting that his government had made "some mistakes",
Bhattacherjee said, "We are rectifying them. We will win the
elections."

Referring to the issue of industrialisation and land
acquisition, he said his government wanted to set up industry
in Singur and Nandigram.

"My government wants industry, but is keen to avoid
trouble," he said without naming Trinamool Congress which
spearheaded the Singur and Nandigram agitations.

Bhattacharjee also took a swipe at the Congress-led UPA
government at the Centre, saying it was mired in corruption
and scams.

"Sky-high corruption has become the hallmark of the UPA
government. We are fighting against such practises and will
continue to do so. Congress is a party of the wealthy and is
hardly bothered by the rising prices," Bhattacharjee said.

He said that the Congress, which is not taking steps
against corruption and price rise is out to see that Left
Front government is ousted from power.

CPI-M state Secretary Biman Bose took a dig at the media
for trying to link the dictatorial rule of ousted Egyptian
President Hosni Mubarak with the Left Front rule suggesting it
would also meet the same fate.

"We extend our red salute to the people of Egypt for
ending the dictatorial rule of Hosni Mubarak. But it is
unfortunate that the West Bengal Left Front rule is also being
connected with that in a section of the press. In West Bengal
there is democracy and no dictatorial regime. So comparison
does not arise," he observed.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee described the
rally as the Left Front`s `farewell meeting` and said the
`corrupt` government was on its way out.

The rally was the left Front`s last-ditch attempt to
supply oxygen to a dying entity, Banerjee said and predicted,
"This will prove to be a grand failure."

PTI