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Narendra Modi extended a veiled olive branch to Mamata Banerjee by refraining from attacking her in his maiden Brigade rally in Kolkata. This gave the much-needed political weapon to Congress and CPI(M). Both parties attacked Trinamool and BJP alleging a covert alliance between the two.
Therefore, both CPI(M) and Congress are all set to highlight the possibility of a Mamata-Modi post-poll alliance during the campaign for Lok Sabha elections.
Apart from Modi, BJP president Rajnath Singh went all the way in supporting moratorium on interest payment of huge state debt and special economic package for Bengal. Mamata has been demanding the same from UPA.
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“It is clear that BJP is keeping open the chances of a post-poll alliance with Mamata Banerjee. One wonders why the BJP prime ministerial candidate refrained from attacking Trinamool. He was silent on attacks on BJP workers in the state, which the state leadership claims everyday,” said Pradip Bhattacharya, West Bengal Congress president.
CPI(M) was also vociferous against both Mamata and Modi and highlighted an already existing tie-up between the two.
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“This was predictable. Modi and Mamata are complimentary to each other. Modi and other BJP leaders are aware that they will join hands after the polls,” said Md Selim, CPI(M) central committee member.
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CPI(M) state secretary and Left Front chairman Biman Bose targeted Modi saying that at a time when he was expected to bring in development in Gujarat, he is roaming the country for his own ambition.
“He is the chief minister of Gujarat. But he prefers to roam around and criticise others, when he should stay in his state and develop it. But he only raises false allegations against others including the Left,” said Bose.
Interestingly, on January 30 in a mammoth gathering in Brigade itself Mamata distanced herself from BJP and Congress alike. She even attacked BJP calling in a ‘party of rioters’.
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