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Mamata accuses of BJP splitting TC-Cong alliance votes

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 19:20

Mathabhanga (WB): Trinamool Congress chief
Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday accused the BJP of entering into a pact
with CPI-M to divide votes of the Trinamool-Congress alliance.

"The BJP is a friend of CPI-M. It will not be seen
anywhere in the state to take up people`s causes, but whenever
election time comes it suddenly appears and jumps in the fray
thus helping the Marxist party to split opposition votes,"
Banerjee said at an election rally.
BJP has a sizeable presence in certain pockets in north

The Trinamool leader asked voters not to give a single
vote to BJP which claims itself to be the party for Hindus.

"A single vote for BJP will mean helping the CPI-M," she
said, claiming that in the 2009 Lok Sabha election the BJP
helped the Left to win the Cooch Behar seat in north Bengal.

"We would have won the seat in 2009 Lok Sabha poll, but we
could not do so as the BJP helped the CPI(M) to win it," she

In the 2009 Lok Sabha poll, the Left Front candidate won
the Cooch Behar seat by 33,749 votes. While Left Front
candidate polled 5,00677 votes, the Trinamool Congress nominee
got 4,66,928 votes and the BJP contestant secured 65,325
BJP also played a spoilsport to the Congress and Trinamool
alliance in Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri seats in 2009 by
garnering substantial votes. The seats were won by the Left

Banerjee also came down heavily on Congress rebels,
including some sitting legislators, who had filed nominations
against Trinamool nominees in some north Bengal districts
including North Dinajpur and Malda.

"CPI(M) has fielded some (Congress) rebels in the name of
independents against our party nominees and they have also
left some seats to BJP. They do not want the change to take place
in West Bengal," she said.

She appealed to voters not to give a single vote to them,
saying, "If change does not come this time, it will never

Asserting that she had sanctioned a string of railway
projects and improved rail connectivity in north Bengal which
had been neglected by the Left Front government, Banerjee said
if her party was voted to power she would bring about rapid
development by setting up factories to create employment for

"North Bengal is totally neglected in terms of development
and employment generation as no factory came up in the past 35
years," she said.

The BJP did not have a single MLA in the outgoing Assembly.


First Published: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 - 19:20

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