A new allegation from the CPI(M), pertaining to the use of helicopter by Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in her campaign, surfaced on Tuesday.
Rubbishing Banerjee’s claims “that Congress has lent her the helicopter for campaigning” as a lie, Left Front chairman Biman Bose claimed that the helicopter used by Banerjee was actually owned by a US-based company, which was hired on behalf of Trinamool by an Indian company.
Refusing to divulge the details of the owning and hiring company, Bose said the Indian company that hired i, is a Delhi-headquartered entity with branch offices in multiple cities such as Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai. He also said that the company has substantial foreign presence following the purchase of companies in Mauritius and Singapore, among others.
“What is the interest of the Indian company in hiring the helicopter and giving it to the Trinamool chief for use it during canvassing?” Bose said at a news conference.
Speaking about the fourth phase of assembly poll proceedings on Tuesday, Bose alleged that the Election Commission failed to ensure free and fair elections in the fourth phase. “In the first three phases, the commission did an extremely fair job, but the same cannot be said in case of the fourth phase,” he said.
He claimed that the Left Front was unable to field polling agents in 98 booths on Tuesday, out of which 63 are in East Midnapore, 16 in Hooghly, five in Howrah and 14 in Burdwan. “Out of the 63 booths in East Midnapore, where we could not field polling agents, 59 were in Nandigram,” Bose said.
He said that despite the Left Front repeatedly cautioning the EC in advance that such things might happen, no concrete step was taken to resist such situations. “I hope that the Election Commission will be more careful in the next two phases of elections,” he said.
Expressing confidence that the eighth Left Front government will be formed, Bose said the current actions and reactions of the Trinamool chief are clear signals that the Left Front is a strong wicket.