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HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
Kolkata, March 22, 2014
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee launched a direct attack on BJP while releasing the national manifesto of their party for the general elections on Saturday and blamed them for causing riots.
 
"BJP has been repeatedly held responsible for riots and communal strife," she wrote in the preface to the manifesto. "We believe in secularism. That's why we have said no to BJP," Mamata said while answering a question on the party's stance vis-à-vis BJP.
 
This is being seen as the Trinamool Congress chief's desperate bid to distance her party from BJP, especially at a time when the Left and the Congress are campaigning in West Bengal stating that Mamata Banerjee is going to join hands with the BJP in a post-poll alliance.
 
Even on Saturday, CPI(M) politburo member Surya Kanta Misra said that Triamool Congress was trying to make inroads for BJP in West Bengal.
 
"Besides, our leader is also concerned that a section of the voters in West Bengal may be misguided by the nation-wide campaign showing Narendra Modi as the likely future prime minister," a senior leader of the party said, adding, "She has tried to make people aware of the danger of BJP so that people do not vote for them at all".
 
A post-poll alliance between Trinamool Congress and the BJP has been a matter of wide speculation ever since Narendra Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh, during their rally in Kolkata on February 5, tried to woo Mamata Banerjee.
 
While Modi said that Mamata in Bengal and Modi in New Delhi would be a great combination for the people of Bengal, Singh said that the party was in favour of three years' moratorium to Bengal government on paying interest of loans taken from the Centre, one of the key demands of the Mamata Banerjee government.
 
Mamata, however, has been regularly increasing attack on the BJP over the past couple of weeks, anticipating that the "pro-BJP" wave may split the votes and spoil Trinamool's chances is some of the tough seats.