The CPI(M) today rubbished Trinamool Congress' allegation that the Left party had rigged the West Bengal civic polls using "guns and goons", saying it was hearing these accusations for the past 30 years.
"This is nothing new. We have been hearing this for the past 30 years. Only thing is that I wish they (Trinamool Congress) become more creative and come up with newer terms and phrases," CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Sitaram Yechury told reporters here.
He was responding to Trinamool Congress' allegation that the CPI(M) was using "guns and goons" to win the polls, seen as the semi-final to next year's West Bengal assembly elections.
The civic body elections were held on May 30 and the counting would take place tomorrow.
Yechury said if last year's Lok Sabha elections were set as the benchmark, the Left Front should not win more than 21 out of 81 municipalities.
"Anything that we win more than that is exactly the reverse of what you are saying. Let us wait," he said when asked whether the poll results would be seen as a rejection of the CPI(M).
"This is not our benchmark. This is your benchmark. We will go by your benchmark," Yechury said adding they feel the civic polls are fought on local issues and state elections on state issues.