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Press Trust Of India
Kolkata, March 23, 2011
Unfazed by political rivals, Trinamool Congress and Congress, coming together to fight the Assembly election in West Bengal, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Wednesday said the Left Front would win by a 'comfortable majority' to form the eighth government. Aiming to boost the morale of Left Front workers in the state where a change in the government is widely predicted, Bhattacharjee said, "Politics is not a simple arithmetic and two plus two is not always four."

Asked at a press conference what made him predict a comfortable win, particularly after the humiliating defeats the Left has suffered in the recent elections, he asserted, "You should keep in mind that those who voted against us in the last Lok Sabha and municipal elections have changed their mind."

Bhattacharjee claimed that no anti-incumbency factor would be able to work against the Left Front and cited previous elections in which it had successfully overcome anti-incumbency.

He said that despite the "big hype" Trinamool had no chance of wresting power.

"We knew that their alliance will come into being despite hitches and our poll strategy has been formulated accordingly," Bhattacharjee claimed.