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No uncertainty over alliance with Cong: Mamata

kolkata Updated: Feb 20, 2011 20:18 IST
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Ending uncertainty over her party's alliance with Congress ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said that the tie-up would remain and asked people to dislodge the Left Front government after 35 years of "misrule".

"There is no question mark over my party's alliance with the Congress and SUCI," she said that at a party rally to protest alleged CPI-M atrocities in places like Nandigram and Netai.

"We want to continue with our alliance with the Congress and SUCI," she said, virtually kicking off the Trinamool Congress election campaign in the poll-bound state.

Banerjee, whose party is a partner in the Congress-led UPA at the Centre, appealed to Left-minded people who are unhappy with the state of affairs in the state, to join hands in her fight against the Left Front.

"My fight is against the Left rule and not against Left-minded people. Those who want to voice their protest against the Left Front misrule of 35 years, their atrocities on people and want real development of the state are welcome to join hands to fight together," she said.

Banerjee urged the electorate to throw out the CPI(M)-led Left Front saying, "In Egypt people have brought in change after 30 years. I urge the people of my state to get rid of the Left democratically after its 35 years of misrule."

Seeking to retain the minority votebank, which has veered towards it since the 2008 panchayat polls and is being desperately wooed by the Left ever since, Banerjee said, "If we come to power, we will implement the Sachar Committee report on minority development in the state."

She questioned the Left's sincerity in minority development claiming votebank politics propelled them to talk of their welfare and they would forget them conveniently after elections.

Pointing out that she was for co-existence of both agriculture and industry, the Trinamool Congress supremo referred to Singur and said, "We have protested against injustice, but not development."

The Trinamool Congress chief claimed that during its 35-year rule, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has stalled all development and closed job avenues for the youth.

"They have closed 55,000 large industries, 1.35 lakh small factories and thriving industrial townships like Durgapur and Kalyani have gone barren under their rule," Banerjee said accusing the Left of hindering setting up of railway projects in the state.

Alleging that during its 35-year rule, the CPI(M) has indulged in several mass killings, Banerjee said, "If we come to power, we will ensure trial of the accused in every case."

She criticised the state government for high taxes and said while the Centre is responsible for price rise, the state too was to blame.

"But keeping in mind the hardships of the poor, we have not raised railway fares even once," the Railway Minister said, just four days before presenting her ministry's budget in Parliament.