Mamata alleges CPI(M)-BJP understanding in Kolkata civic polls

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee Sunday alleged that there was an understanding between the CPI(M) and BJP in the civic poll in some wards of the Salt Lake township.

Last Updated: May 23, 2010, 21:26 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee Sunday alleged that there was an understanding between
the CPI(M) and BJP in the civic poll in some wards of the Salt
Lake township.

Speaking at a poll campaign at Salt Lake, Banerjee asked
the voters of the area to remain alert against rigging and
booth-capturing by the Marxists.

As the May 30 civil poll date draws near, all political
parties have revved up campaigns. With the threat of cyclone
Laila gone, leaders of all major political parties are out
seeking the electorate`s favour.

Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, his wife Mira
Bhattacharjee, CPI-M leaders like Sitaram Yechury, Biman Bose,
AICC secretary Shakeel-uz-Zaman Ansari, BJP leader Smriti
Irani apart from Trinamool Congress chief Mamata banerjee held
rallies in Kolkata and surrounding areas.

Ansari was confident of his party`s success in civic
polls. He said the failure to clinch a seat-sharing deal
between the Congress and Trinamool Congress would not have any
impact on the alliance in the next year`s Assembly Elections.

Officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and city
police in a joint operation today removed a large number of
unauthorised hoardings from different places as per a
directive by poll observers and the State Election Commission.

PTI