Mamata loads ammo against Cong
A total of 45 seats in three districts go to the hustings in the first phase of polls on April 17.india Updated: Apr 15, 2006 17:14 IST
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee kicked off a joint campaign with the BJP on Friday with her trademark bluster.
Gunning for the Congress, she charged that the party was helping the Left cause by dividing the anti-Left votes.
A vote for the Congress was tantamount to a vote for the CPM, seconded BJP general secretary Arun Jaitley, who attended the rally.
"The Congress is running the UPA government at the Centre with CPM support and in West Bengal it is paying back the Marxists by splitting anti-left votes," he said.
Jaitley appreciated the Election Commission's steps to ensure free and fair elections in the state but said it has to be seen whether the EC could implement what it has been proclaiming.
Asking the electorate to vote without fear, the Trinamool Congress chief said the EC had taken taken steps to ensure free and fair polls.
"There is no reason to be afraid. There will be a change in government after the election," she said.
The Trinamoolled Paschim Banga Ganatrantik Front was the only alternative to the ruling Left Front, she said.
A total of 45 seats in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts go to the hustings in the first phase of the assembly election on April 17.