Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress is bent on
stalling development of West Bengal and has tied up with the
Maoists, the ruling Left Front told a mammoth rally in Kolkata on Sunday.
Calling upon the people to give a rebuff to the Trinamool
Congress, which he described as an "evil force", in the coming
Assembly election, LF chairman Biman Bose said, "Trinamool
Congress is bent on hampering any development in the state."
The rally, a show of strength for the LF which is facing
its most crucial test of survival in the next election, is
attended by thousands of supporters brought from across the
Bose alleged the Trinamool Congress in connivance with
the Maoists was spreading terror and instigating violence in
different parts of West Bengal and said "development is not
possible in the absence of peace".
Evidently happy at the huge turnout, state Chief Minister
Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said, "It is clear that we are ready
for the fight at the Assembly elections."
The Left Front, which has lost much electoral ground
since the last panchayat elections in 2008 followed by the Lok
Sabha polls in 2009, pitched hard to show its pro-poor image
with most leaders, including Bhattacharjee devoting much of
their speech claiming a lot of schemes for the poor.
Bhattacharjee also attacked the Congress-led UPA
goverment at the Centre, saying it was mired in corruption and
"Sky-high corruption has become the hallmark of the
UPA government. We are fighting against such practice and will
continue to do so," he said.
"Congress is a party of the wealthy and is hardly
bothered by the rising prices", Bhattacharjee said.
He also took on the Trinamool Congress saying that it
was hand in glove with the Maoists and was spreading terror
Bhattacharjee, however, admitted some local leaders and
cadres had been behaving arrogantly and this had led to
resentment among the people.
"I call on them to correct themselves and go to the
people and admit mistakes", Bhattacharjee said calling on the
party supporters to fight tooth and nail to win the coming
elections in the state.
The Front has been in power in the state since 1977
and is for the first time faced with the a very a strong
opposition in the form of Trinamool Congress, which is in
alliance with the Congress.