Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee on Wednesday attacked Congress, accusing it of trying to
help CPI-M in the coming civic polls in West Bengal and
virtually compared its UPA partner to collaborators of
Pakistani Army during Bangladesh liberation war.
"Change is imminent. Congress or BJP whoever tries to
help the CPI-M will not succeed. The grand alliance of the
people will dethrone the Marxists," Banerjee said while
welcoming state Congress working president Subrata Mukherjee
who formally joined her party.
Civic elections in the state are slated for May 30.
In an obvious reference to Congress, she said that
during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War those who had
colluded with the Pakistani forces were dubbed as `rajakars`
Pointing to Congress taking CPI-M`s support to form
the board in the Siliguri Municipal Corporation last year,
Banerjee said "how do you know that another Siliguri would not
have happened here?
"They have fled the battlefield. They have done their
work. Congress has formed government with CPI-M in the past.
It was their decision. We will go alone, we will not
compromise with CPI-M."
Noting that the Trinamool was part and parcel of the
UPA government, she said her party`s commitment before the Lok
Sabha elections was to support the Congress-led UPA.
"It is not a one-party government. It is a coalition
government," she said.
According to her, people`s power would drive out the
Marxists from the state.
Banerjee said people did not go as per the wishes of
any political party and those acting as agents of the CPI-M
would find that they were exposed.
Admitting that it would be a tough fight in the civic
poll, she asserted that the Trinamool would win and usher in a
Banerjee announced that new entrant Subrata Mukherjee
would be a senior vice-president of TC and would be in-charge
of the campaign for the civic poll.
Mukherjee, who resigned from all posts of Congress and
the party membership, said the fight against CPI-M could not
be launched from Congress which did not have the inclination
to fight the Marxists.
Mukherjee who was in-charge of Congress to oversee
election in 81 civic bodies across the state, blamed his
former party for the alliance breaking up.
"I wanted to make Congress strong, but I was proved
wrong. Alliance was not made with the Trinamool. There was
Mukherjee also charged Congress of not giving any seat
to Trinamool in five districts.