Chief minister Mamata Banerjee alleged on Wednesday that the Centre and its agencies, along with the CPI(M), Congress, Maoists and a section of the media have joined hands to murder her.
Kicking off her panchayat poll campaign from Gaighata in North 24 Parganas, 84 kms from Kolkata, Mamata alleged the protests that greeted her at Kamduni were not spontaneous but a deliberate attempt to eliminate her.
"I have information that the CPI(M), Congress, Maoists and a section of the media are conspiring to kill me. On June 17, when I went to Kamduni (village of a college student raped and murdered on June 8), I was not aware Matangini's sister organisation (a pro-Maoist organization) is entrenched there. The Maoists have been active in the area since Jamaishasthi (June 14)," Mamata told the crowd.
Ten days after the brutal rape and murder of a college student at Kamduni in Barasat, Mamata visited the victim's family and faced protests from villagers, who questioned her belated presence in the area. A day before her visit, representatives of five ultra-Left organisations, including Matangini Mahila Samiti conducted a rally at Kamduni.
"As I was walking back towards my vehicle from the victim's house, I remained unguarded for close to two hours, as my security personnel later informed me. A television journalist provoked villagers to squat on the roads, thus blocking my security," Mamata alleged.
In Gaighata, Mamata tried hard to salvage the government's dented image in the wake of subsequent rapes in the state and her speech was dominated by the Kamduni episode and her welfare measures for women.
She promised her government would present the charge sheet while the accused in the Barasat rape and murder case is in custody and expressed hope the guilty would be handed death sentence within one month. "Our government is determined to punish the criminals. Our target is to hang the rapists within a month. We have done it before and we can do it now," she said.
"The CPI(M) and Congress think they would capture power by killing me. But I would like to tell them they are not coming back to power again," Mamata said and attributed rising rapes to increasing 'social consciousness' among people.
"During the Left regime, people were not allowed to lodge FIRs. Now people are more socially aware and coming out to lodge FIRs. So the number of cases are more," Mamata explained and went on to harp about her Kanyashree scheme, schools and colleges for women and other initiatives.
On the back foot over the Saradha scam, and fully aware the scam hit rural masses the most, Mamata said the chit fund owner did not buy a single painting from her.
"I have seen all the cheques. Sudipta Sen (Saradha owner) did not buy a single painting from me. Some of my paintings were sold to Jaago Bangla (Trinamool party mouthpiece). I have asked Mukul Roy to file defamation suits against those media houses that are saying Saradha bought my paintings," Mamata said.
Throwing a veiled threat to the CPI(M), Mamata exhorted people to send them off to Cuba and Indonesia and mentioned evil mythological characters Dushshasan, Manthara and Kaikeyi to describe her opponents.
She also alleged the CPI(M) and Congress are encouraging Maoists to kill people in 'peaceful' Jangalmahal.
In Kolkata on the sidelines of a function, governor M K Narayanan urged people not to create 'unnecessary' controversies over Mamata's remarks. "I appreciate that she (Mamata) went to Kamduni. Don't dissect and bisect what she does. Don't create unnecessary controversies," Narayanan said on Wednesday.