Kolkata: Ruling out any seat adjustment with
the Congress in the coming civic polls in West Bengal,
Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee today announced candidates for
all 141 seats in the KMC elections, saying in war, there can
be no friendly fight.
"Those who are giving oxygen to the CPI(M) here, we will
not leave an inch to them," Banerjee told a news conference
releasing the list of candidates for Kolkata Municipal
Corporation polls, to be held on May 30 along with 81 other
municipal bodies in the state.
Squarely blaming the Congress, its UPA ally, for the
collapse of the alliance for the civic polls, she said,
"Despite their refusal to leave a single seat to us in
Murshidabad (a Congress stronghold), we gave them 25 here."
WBPCC yesterday announced candidates for 88 seats
following clearance from the party high command, deciding to
go it alone after Trinamool Congress offered them only 25
wards against their demand for 51, including the ones they had
come first or second in the last KMC polls in 2005.
To a question, Banerjee, who has single-handedly upstaged
CPI(M)-led Left Front from all south Bengal seats including
the metropolis in the last Lok Sabha elections, said, "There
is no question of a friendly fight (against Congress). In war,
the term (friendly fight) does not exist."
"If anyone thinks by abusing us they will help CPI(M), I
am not going to bow down," a visibly angry Banerjee said.
Asked whether the breakdown will help the Left, she said,
"Our fight is against the CPI(M). Whether this breakdown will
help the CPI-M, ask those who are helping them."
Cautioning the Congress at the Centre also, she said,
"Just because we have entered into an alliance doesn`t mean
they can say or do anything."
"It`s not a Congress government, it`s a UPA government
and the Congress has 206 seats," she said in an oblique
reference to its power as the second largest UPA constituent
with 19 Lok Sabha seats.
"There are other constituents also like the NCP, DMK
and Muslim League," she said.
In the list released by Banerjee today, the Trinamool
Congress fielded 76 new candidates, 54 women and 27 from the