Mamata a 'pseudo-Left', no place for her in new Front: Bardhan
New Delhi: Senior CPI leader A B Bardhan on Wednesday said the Left wanted to build a new Front but ruled out a place for Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, whom he called a "pesudo-Left".
Addressing a press conference here, Bardhan said Banerjee is "mouthing Left slogans" because the masses in Bengal are Left oriented.
He said she is right in raising such issues but claimed that she was forced to do so because of the peculiarities of the state where she is the Chief Minister.
"We want to build a new front. Such a front will come into existence," the CPI leader said.
Asked whether Banerjee has a place in a Front which the Left believes will come into existence, Bardhan replied, "I said Left oriented parties. I did not say pseudo-Left who mouths Left slogans but are not necessarily Left.
"She came to power defeating the Left. If she is mouthing Left slogans, it is because the mass in Bengal are Left oriented."
He said the Left parties will "absolutely and thoroughly" join hands with democratic forces to fight the anti-people policies of the government.
"Now elections have started. Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat are going to elections. BJP hopes to retain both the states. As far as Himachal is concerned, BJP will lose and many other parties will emerge," he said.
On who will win in Gujarat, Bardhan evaded a direct reply and said the Left is a "weak force" in Gujarat while in Himachal they are "far better".
He said the leaders of CPI(M) and CPI will meet on Saturday to discuss the question of Left unity and later there will be a meeting with other parties like Forward Bloc, RSP and CPI(ML).