Mamata blasts CPI-M over allegations of black money

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Thursday slammed the CPI-M leaders for their "audacity" to accuse her party of using black money to fund the election campaign.

Last Updated: Apr 22, 2011, 00:26 AM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee on Thursday slammed the CPI-M leaders for their "audacity"
to accuse her party of using black money to fund the election
campaign.

"I am amazed at the audacity of the CPI-M leaders who
have dared to doubt my honesty and accused us of using black
money in the elections," Banerjee told an election rally here.
"I have never even taken tea at the cost of the
government or the Railways during my tenure as union
minister," Banerjee claimed.

"Should I account for our election expenses to the CPI-M
which has ruined the state economically in the last 34 years?"
she retorted and accused the Left Front government of
siphoning off funds.

"CPI-M is accountable for the loot and diversion of
central funds all these areas in West Bengal," she alleged.

On the CPI-M and Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee
raising questions over her use of helicopters in poll
campaign, she said "I use helicopters to reach the people
faster. How can they question it?"
Banerjee labelled the accusations as "false and
fantastic`.

The Trinamool supremo also did not spare former ally BJP,
accusing it of joining hands with the CPI-M "to split votes".

PTI