Buoyed by her party's massive victory in the just-concluded Kolkata civic polls, Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said she would request the Election Commission to consider holding Assembly elections in West Bengal along with Bihar and other states due in October.
"I am not in favour of imposition of President's rule or dismissal of the state government. I will prefer an early election. I will request EC to consider holding Assembly election along with Bihar and some other states due in October," she told a press conference here.
She said election in the state could be held six months before the scheduled date and any such decision lay within the jurisdiction of the EC.
Banerjee said she would not have called for advancing the poll if there had been a "functioning government".
"If there is no government, who will take care? Today there was a cyclone in Rampurhat, but there were no proper arrangement. Disaster management has failed as it happened during the Stephen Court fire in the city," she said.
"No file is moving in the Writers Buildings. If there is a terrorist attack, what will happen? So many Maoist movements are going on. The government must be strong. I am saying this from the security point of view," she said.
Asked about CPI-M's statement that Assembly election would be held in scheduled time, she said, "They (CPI-M) have no morality and no accountability to the people. They continue to cling on to power by force. They are in power for 34 years in this way."