Mamata alleges CPI-M deal with Maoists before last LS polls
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Last Updated: Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:50
Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday alleged that CPI-M, which frequently accused her party of having links with Maoists, had entered a deal with the ultras before last year's Lok Sabha election.

Pointing to the poll boycott call given by Maoists in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts before the last Lok Sabha elections, Banerjee said, "CPI-M entered into a deal with the Maoists. Trinamool Congress did not win any seat in those districts."

She claimed on a TV channel that the CPI-M had understanding with Maoists during elections, while accusing her party of having links with them.

Reiterating her allegations that CPI-M cadres were killing people in the guise of CRPF, she said that the Marxist party was eyeing the 42 seats in the three districts. "But they will not get even two seats this time."

She also dared Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee to contest from Naxal-hit Lalgarh beside his Jadavpur assembly constituency.

Claiming that the situation in the state was dangerous which warranted imposition of Central rule, Banerjee said that the Centre should discharge its responsibility of protecting the Constitution.

Banerjee, also the Railway Minister, charged the Marxist party with 'sabotaging' the Jnaneswari Express in May in which many people had lost their lives. "If I had the administration, I would have shown them what I could do."

The TC supremo said that despite CPI-M "intimidation", she had visited Lalgarh and Darjeeling. "The people there wanted peace."

She said that she was setting up a number of units in different districts including in the three Naxal-affected districts.

"After taking charge as Railway Minister I have set up a land bank and I did not find any problem in acquiring land for setting up industries. I am putting up units in areas where we have the land," she said.

"On the other hand, the Left Front government during its 34 years rule did not do anything and imposed a burden of two lakh crore rupees on the people. 50 per cent villages in the state do not have electricity," she claimed.


First Published: Friday, October 29, 2010, 23:50

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