US behind Congress, Trinamool Congress alliance: Bose
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 00:25
Kolkata: Senior CPI(M) leader Biman Bose on Wednesday alleged that the alliance between Congress and Trinamool for the West Bengal Assembly elections was formed "under pressure" from the US.

"It has been revealed that under US pressure the Congress accepted the alliance with Trinamool Congress on the latter's terms for the Assembly election in West Bengal and agreed to contest in 65 out of a total 294 seats," CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose told reporters here.

"Recently, WikiLeaks said that the alliance was formed due to the pressure from the Americans," Bose told a 'Meet-the-Press' programme at the Kolkata Press Club.

Claiming that "foreign pressure" was working in the election, he said, "Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had taken a leading part. Under his pressure the Congress leaderhip had to bow their heads to the Trinamool Congress."

He said that "national and international reactionary forces" had infiltrated in the polls this time around and blackmoney was accumulating in the coffers of "a political party."

"And, with the help of this blackmoney, campaigning is being carried out in a helicopter," Bose said in an apparent reference to Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee who has been using choppers during campaigns.

Banerjee had said that the helicopter was provided by the Congress.

Bose said that "foreign forces, particularly US imperialists" did not like the Leftists.

"They did not like the Left MPs protesting in Parliament against the pro-US policies including the nuclear deal."

He said the "animus against the Left-led government has international dimensions. None other than former US ambassador to India, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, revealed in his memoirs that US twice funded efforts against the Communists during elections."

Asked how the CPI(M) was quoting Wikileaks when it had categorically denied what it had said about West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and party general secretary Prakash Karat, Bose retorted, saying, "A parallel should not be drawn between the two."

He said that Bhattacharjee had denied being in favour of liberalisation and Karat had given rejoinder to the WikiLeaks' expose in which the US Embassy in New Delhi had reportedly described Karat as an "extortionist".

"The Trinamool Congress funds for campaigning has surpassed the poll expenses of all other political parties in West Bengal," he claimed, adding that he did not have the same evidence about the Congress.

He demanded that Election Commission should probe Trinamool's source of funds for campaigns.

Asked specifically who had supplied the alleged blackmoney to Trinamool, he said, "I am not sure who had paid the money."

The Trinamool Congress has already denied blackmoney allegations and threatened to file a defamation suit against the CPI(M) leader Gautam Deb for making such accusations.


First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011, 00:25

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