Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata
Banerjee today said it is "against her taste" to comment on
West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee`s charge
that she was a "liar".
"I will not reply in the same language which he (chief
minister) has used, because to do so goes against my taste and
my sense of courtesy. For the last 34 years we have been
subjected to character assassination and slanders," Banerjee
told a rally at Bagha Jatin area here.
In a strong personal attack on Banerjee, Bhattachajee had
yesterday accused her of "spreading canards".
Without naming the TC chief, Bhattacharjee had said,
"When the Stephen Court building caught fire, she said we did
it. This is a lie."
"She claimed we were trying to foment communal violence
(before the municipal elections). This is a lie. She falsely
blamed us for the Jnaneswari Express and the railway mishap at
Sainthia. These are also lies," he had said at a Left Front
function on the 51st anniversary of the Food Movement.
Banerjee also alleged that the CPI(M) was holding
meetings to eliminate her and also carrying out acts of
sabotage to discredit her.
"If not you, your brother has carried out the Jnaneswari
Express disaster. Why did you do it? The CBI is inquiring
into it. But why is the chief minister averse to a CBI probe
into the Sainthia (railway) disaster?" she asked.
Banerjee said the CPI(M) was resorting to terror tactics
as it had become politically bankrupt and had captured areas
like Keshpur, Garbeta and Nanoor with the help of goons.
"The CPI(M) is resorting to violence because it cannot
work for development. Many bodies are being recovered from the
junglemahal daily. No one knows exactly how many bodies are in
the jungles because many of them are either being burnt or
thrown into the rivers," she alleged.
She said the CPI(M) would go out of power in West Bengal
within the next two or three months.
"CPI-M has remained in power by manipulating the voters
list. Had the elections been free and fair, they would have
been voted out of power in the 1987 Assembly elections," he