Mamata accuses CPI(M) of looting crores in WB

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said all "dirty deals" would be probed if her party comes to power.

Kolkata: Accusing the ruling CPI(M) of
having "looted crores" in West Bengal over the last three
decades, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday said
all "dirty deals" would be probed if her party comes to power.

"When we assume responsibility, all dirty deals and
overall financial mess will be looked into," Banerjee said,
stressing that democracy and people will be the focus of her

In an interview to a news agency in the midst of her hectic
campaigning, 56-year-old Banerjee rubbished charges that black
money was used to fund the Trinamool campaign in the state.

"What is the credibility of the CPI(M) and the people
making these allegations? The CPI(M) should be the last to
talk about corruption," she said when pointed out that the
Left has made corruption, especially the 2G and Commonwealth
Games scams, a major poll issue.

"Those who have looted crores of rupees from all
corners of Bengal in the last three decades are making wild
accusations without any basis. The people will decide who is
telling the truth and who is making these desperate
allegations," she said.

The CPI-M had asked the Election Commission to take
measures in checking alleged use of black money by the
Trinamool Congress in the West Bengal Assembly elections,
saying there was already evidence of use of illegal money in
the state.

Banerjee pooh poohed West Bengal Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee`s claim that the Trinamool Congress
had no policy and that the Left was the only alternative to
the Left.

"That is the same Chief Minister who gave us Singur.
That is the same Chief Minister who gave us Nandigram. That is
the same Chief Minister who is now saying sorry for his
previous misdeeds. After Singur I do not think the people will
believe him if he says that he is pro farmer and pro worker."

On CPI(M)`s campaign that law and order would
deteriorate in the event of the Trinamool and Congress
alliance coming to power and that women would not be able to
venture out onto the streets, the TC chief said, "This is a
regime during whose time innocent girls were raped, mothers
lost their sons, daughters their fathers, wives their

"Netai massacre, Kashipur massacre, Sainbari massacre,
the list is long. Thousands of our party workers have been
killed. Bengal longs for peace. The people of Bengal know that
the shortest way to bring lasting peace is not through the
CPI(M)....they will only trust the Trinamool Congress. We will
definitely ensure that the law and order situation in the
state is good," she said.

Asked if the Railway ministry would continue to remain
with the party in the event of her becoming the CM, she
replied in the affirmative.

"The Railway Ministry will remain with our party after
the elections. So, all projects and plans that were announced
will be completed on time," she said.