Mamata takes a last swipe at Marxists
With 48 hours to go before phase three of elections, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee again raised fingers at CPI(M)'s violent tactics. HT reportskolkata Updated: May 07, 2011 15:20 IST
With 48 hours to go before phase three of elections, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee again raised fingers at CPI(M)'s violent tactics.
Wrapping up her campaign for the third phase on Monday afternoon at Juba Sangha in Jadavpur, chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee's constituency, the Trinamool chief charged the CPI(M) of trying to acquire land in Rajarhat.
"Even on Monday, the CPI(M) forcefully tried to grab land in Rajarhat by showing government notification. Villagers surrounded them and they were forced to retreat. But why should they do it? Later they will say that they made a mistake," said Banerjee.
Getting a boost from Union home minister P Chidambaram, Banerjee said, "Chidambaram also spoke about the existence of harmad camps. I was fed up of repeatedly raising the issue."
If elected to power, the Trinamool chief promised to come back to the constituency (her last poll campaign ground in the city) and conduct her first public meeting.
"If we win, I will come here again to thank you all. In that case I will conduct my first meeting from this place along with Manishda," she said. Manishda or Manish Gupta is the state's former chief secretary and Trinamool candidate against Bhattacharjee.
"Please do not cast your vote in favour of the mastermind behind Netai and Nandigram killings. I will take personal initiative to develop these areas and localities," she said.
Incidentally, the chief minister also conducted his poll campaign at the same ground on Sunday evening.
However, according to locals, the Trinamool chief drew a gathering almost double than that of chief minister's rally 20 hours before.
Referring to Bhattacharjee's meeting on Sunday, Banerjee said, "The chief minister told you to give them one more chance. They had a chance for the last 35 years. Why should you give them another chance?"
Banerjee also apologised to the people who attended the rally despite scorching heat. Signing autographs to youths after the meeting, she hurried off to her next destination, Howrah, where she attended four meetings at a stretch in the evening.
According to Debabrata Mazumdar, the Trinamool councillor and civic body member, mayor-in-councils, "Bhattacharjee has been bowled out on the rough wicket of Jadavpur."
It seems that the Trinamool chief deliberately chose this area for her last meeting in the city.
Both in 2009 and 2010, when she emerged victorious in the parliamentary polls and municipal election respectively, Banerjee had addressed the public rallies at the same ground.
Banerjee said, "CPI(M) is saying that they would hamper our performance if we come to power. But if people are with us it will not happen."