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CPI-M spreading terror in Bengal, alleges Mamata

PTI | ByIndo-Asian News Service, Kolkata
May 03, 2004 02:02 PM IST

Mamata has lashed out at the ruling CPI-M in West Bengal saying it is not a political party, but a corporate house that spreads terror.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee has lashed out at the ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in West Bengal, saying it is not a political party, but a corporate house that spreads terror.

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"They (the CPI-M) have closed down all factories, but only one factory has flourished --their cadre-making factory is open," Banerjee, whose Trinamool is the state's principal opposition party, said in an interview with ETV.

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The stormy petrel of West Bengal politics charged the CPI-M, which heads the state's ruling coalition, with using the official machinery and police to terrorise people.

"But I believe in what Abraham Lincoln had said -- you can fool some people for sometime, but you can not fool all people all the time," Banerjee said.

The Trinamool chief is a candidate from the South Kolkata seat in the Lok Sabha polls to be held May 10. Her main opponents are Nafisa Ali of the Congress party and Rabin Deb of CPI-M.

She said the CPI-M had developed an immaculate nexus between "muscle power, money power and mafia power".

"They are like a corporate house, not a political party. Their terror machine is run by their cadres," Banerjee remarked.

On the elections and her party's chances, Banerjee said: "If the election is free and fair, we will be victorious. We have faith in the Election Commission."

The Commission has decided to bring in officials from other states to man the poll process in West Bengal in an effort to ensure free and fair voting.

This has angered the CPI-M, which says, it is being discriminated against. Asked if there was a possibility of supporting the Congress coalition after the election, Banerjee said: "We are with the NDA (National Democratic Alliance) now.

"We are fighting the election as an NDA partner. So we will be with them. We will see (Atal Bihari) Vajpayee as the prime minister."

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