Trinamool to Guv: CPI (M) wasting money through advertisements

Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Thursday sought Governor M K Narayanan's intervention in the wastage of "huge amounts" of money by the ruling CPI(M) on "advertising" its achievements ahead of the upcoming West Bengal Assembly polls.

Senior Trinamool leader Partha Chatterjee, in a letter to the Governor, complained that the government, "Which ran a debt burden of Rs two lakh crores, was wasting huge amounts on advertisements in TV channels and FM radio to propagate the party's cause."

Such wastage of money when the government is bankrupt economically is deplorable, Chatterjee, who is the Leader of the Opposition in the state Assembly, told reporters here.

"We have sought immediate intervention of the Governor in the matter, especially in view of the prospect that the burden of the uneconomic spending would be passed on to the next government as the scoresheet of performance of the ruling Left Front is zero," he said.

Incidentally, Railway Minister and Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee has been criticised by the Left for allegedly promoting her party in railway ads with CPI-M state secretary Biman Bose remarking that she was advertising her party and the expenses were being borne by the Railways.

Banerjee had shot back, saying she "does not need media publicity to promote her efforts."