TMC win suggests support for govt policies: Mamata

TMC`s margin of victory in the Kolkata South LS bypoll suggests people`s continued support for the state govt policies, West Bengal CM said.

Last Updated: Dec 04, 2011, 23:14 PM IST

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress` margin of
victory in the Kolkata South Lok Sabha bypoll suggests
people`s continued support for the state government policies
and further disintegration of CPI-M, West Bengal Chief
Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Sunday.

Noting that the "massive" victory in the by-election will
encourage the party to work with renewed vigour, Mamata said,
"The CPI-M has been sinking and will sink further as time
progresses, because of its own mistakes."

Talking to reporters outside her residence, she accused
the CPI-M of hatching conspiracies to "engineer political and
administrative disruption and chaos in hospitals".

Banerjee said her government would firmly deal with any
attempt to thwart development programmes and blamed the Left
party for the problems in Darjeeling and Jangalmahal.

"They ruled the state for 34 years and never gave a
thought to the welfare of `Ma, Mati Manunsh`. We have asked
them to keep quiet for ten years...We are in the government
for only six months, but they are getting impatient," she said.

Referring to CPI-M candidate Ritabrata Banerjee`s
statement that his party had taken a lead over Trinamool in
three booths in the Bhawanipur Assembly segment, she said,
"There were a total of 1,902 booths in the seat and in that
case if there is an Assembly election now, the CPI-M will be
unable to win more than four seats."

Referring to the Trinamool Congress and Congress combine
winning 26 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls out of 42 seats
in West Bengal, Banerjee said, "We could have won 10 more
seats if we had got proper protection."

She, however, did not elaborate further.

The CM alleged that BJP had helped CPI-M to
win five seats in the 2009 general elections.

In an apparent reference to her detractors in the state
Congress, Banerjee said, "Our friends fielded Independent
candidates against us in the 2009 election and if they had not
done so, the CPI-M would not have secured whatever seats it
had got."

She said the government would see an end to illegal
syndicates and the `promoter raj`, and would not allow
"infiltration" into Trinamool Congress from other parties.

PTI