Left Front chairman and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose, on Wednesday, alleged that the Congress-Trinamool alliance for the West Bengal assembly polls was formed ‘under pressure’ from the US.
“It has been revealed that under US pressure, the Congress accepted the alliance with Trinamool Congress on the latter’s terms and agreed to contest in 65 out of a total 294 seats,” Bose told reporters.
“Recently, WikiLeaks said that the alliance was formed due to the pressure from the Americans,” said Bose.
Claiming that foreign pressure was working in the election, he said, “Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had taken a lead role. Under his pressure, the Congress leadership had to bow their heads to the Trinamool Congress.”
Bose lambasted Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday for introducing the culture black money in state elections.
“Never ever in the history of West Bengal has so much money has been used in election campaign. Neither was any black money used here ever in any election. It was Congress who spent a lot of money in elections. But this time, Trinamool has surpassed all records. And since they do not have any proof of the source of the money spent, it is black money,” Bose said at a press conference on Wednesday.
He said that ‘national and international reactionary forces’ had infiltrated in the polls and black money was accumulating in the coffers of ‘a political party’. “And, with the help of this black money, campaigning is being carried out in a helicopter,” Bose said in an apparent reference to Banerjee who has been using choppers during campaigns.
Banerjee had said that the helicopter was provided by Congress. Bose said that foreign forces, particularly US imperialists, did not like the Leftists protesting against the pro-US policies including the nuclear deal.”
Reiterating state housing minister Gautam Deb’s quote in a press conference last Saturday, Bose alleged that the money given to each of the Trinamool candidates is actually much more than R15 lakh,
“Our enquiries proved that a total of R21 lakh was given to each of the Trinamool candidates in three phases. In the first phase, the amount was R15 lakh, in the second phase R1 lakh and another R5 lakh in the third phase. All these amounts were issued against coupons, the counterfoils of which were burnt at a secret location. We demand that the Election Commission should probe into the source of such funds,” Bose said.
He pointed out that the counterfoils of the coupons, which were burnt down, should actually have been handed over to the donor who donates money to the party fund. When asked specifically whether Congress was involved in this affair, he said, “Till now we do not have any evidence against Congress.”
Bose said that under no circumstances the campaign expenditure behind each candidate exceeds R6 lakh. “The wall writing is done by our volunteers and we do not have to hire external agencies or individuals for graffiti. Naturally our campaign cost is lower. We also submit our expenses incurred to the EC.”
“In the first phase, we will bag majority of 54 seats. We will do extremely well in Jangalmahal area,” he said.