Yechury slams Mamata for terming CPI-M and BJP as brothers

CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury lashed out at Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for her "frequent change of allies" for political benefit and said it was amazed how she can term BJP and CPI-M as brothers.

Last Updated: Apr 15, 2011, 22:45 PM IST

Kolkata: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury
on Friday lashed out at Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee
for her "frequent change of allies" for political benefit and
said it was amazed how she can term BJP and CPI-M as brothers.

"If BJP can get entry into West Bengal politics, it is
by riding on the shoulders of Trinamool Congress. Communal
forces have made foray into the state through Trinamool
Congress," Yechury told reporters at the party office here.

Ridiculing Banerjee`s "efforts" to tag CPI-M with BJP,
Yechury said, "She was first with BJP-led NDA, left it to join
with Congress-led UPA in 2001, and again tagged with NDA after
the Gujarat riots in 2002.

"These show who is whose brother and the relation they
maintain and Banerjee`s statement is the height of political
opportunism."

Asked as to why CPI-M poll manifesto had a two-line
mention of BJP, Yechury said, "This indicates what is the
political relevance of BJP in West Bengal."

Yechury had a dig at Mamata Banerjee`s selection of
candidates on the basis of political leadership backed by
bureaucratic efficiency, and said, "Trinamool`s Khardah
constituency candidate Amit Mitra had projected Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi when he visited London as FICCI
secretary general at a business summit."

Turning to absconding Trinamool Congress Bijpur
assembly candidate Subhrangshu Roy, he said, "Warrant of
arrest has been issued against him and it should be executed.
I hope law must take its own course."

PTI