No question mark on TMC-Congress alliance: Mamata

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said there was no question mark on the party`s alliance with the Congress and SUCI in West Bengal.

Last Updated: Feb 20, 2011, 18:23 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee on Sunday said there was no question mark on the party`s
alliance with the Congress and SUCI in West Bengal.

"We want to continue with our alliance with the Congress
and SUCI," Banerjee, whose party is a constituent of the
present Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, said.

Much of Banerjee`s speech at a rally organised by the
Trinamool Congress to protest against alleged CPI-M
atrocities, was devoted to her party`s intention to fight the
Left Front together with the Congress and opposition Left
party SUCI.

Banerjee said, "In Egypt people have brought in change
after 30 years. I urge the people of my state to get rid of
the Left, democratically after 35 years of misrule."

Seeking to retain the minority votebank, which has
veered towards it since the 2008 panchayat polls and is being
desperately wooed by the Left ever since," Banerjee said, "If
we come to power, we will implement the Sachar Committee
report on minority development in the state."

Noting that she was for co-existence of both agriculture
and industry, the Trinamool Congress supremo said referring to
Singur "we have protested injustice, but not development".

The Trinamool Congress chief claimed that during its
35-year rule, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has stalled all the
development and closed job avenues for the youth.

"They have closed 55,000 large industries, 1.35 lakh
small factories and thriving industrial townships like
Durgapur and Kalyani have been wasted under their rule,"
Banerjee said, alleging that the Left is putting obstacles in
setting up railway factories in the state.

Alleging that during its 35-year rule, the CPI-M has
indulged in several mass killings, she said, "If we come to
power, we will ensure trial of the accused in every case."

Noting that the Centre has been providing funds for
several development projects in the state from minority
development to roads and new buses under JNNURM project, she
said the Left Front government is indulging in false
advertisements in the media claiming its sole contribution.

She also criticised the state government for high tax
rates, stating while the Centre is responsible for price rise,
the state also has a large contribution by way of exorbitant
tax rates on general people.

"But keeping in mind the hardship of the poor people,
we have not raised railway fares once even," she said.

Banerjee also criticised the Left Front for the state`s
inactive police and promised to let the police work
"impartially without interference".

PTI

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