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CPI(M) trying to split votes: Mamata

india Updated: Apr 17, 2011 19:00 IST

Accusing the CPI(M) of using the BJP to split anti-Marxist votes in Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday asked the electorate to 'be careful' by not wasting a single vote and help in effecting political change in Bengal.

"The CPI(M) has brought in the BJP to divide the votes of the Trinamool-Congress alliance. Be careful, don't give a single vote to them", Banerjee, on a whirlwind tour to Nadia district, said.

Significantly, the Trinamool supremo made the appeal ahead of Monday's first phase voting in 54 constituencies of North Bengal where the BJP has a sizable presence in some pockets, including Malda and Cooch Behar districts bordering Bangladesh.

About the BJP criticism of her presenting a railway budget for 2011-12 with an eye on the Bengal polls, the railway minister said "when I tried to ensure railway development in Bengal they dubbed it as a West Bengal-centric budget making the rest of India kangal (pauper)."

"Now they are seeking votes from people here (West Bengal)," Banerjee said.

Debunking the CPI(M) charge that Trinamool was corrupt, Banerjee said "we have not yet come to power, where does the question of corruption come. Trinamool is a party which maintains transparency."

She said CPI(M) which used to claim itself to be a party of 'have-nots' turned rich now "as the have-nots have now been left out."

"The Trinamool was born (in 1998 by breaking away from Congress) to rid the state of CPI(M)'s oppression and misrule. The people of Bengal want a change," she said.