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'Left turned WB into semi-fascist state'

In its election manifesto, Trinamool Congress said that creating a "secularist approach" would be its primary agenda.

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 16:10 IST

The Trinamool Congress has accused the CPI(M)-led Left Front of turning West Bengal into an "almost semi-fascist state".

The party has also promised that creating democratic space and a "secularist approach" would be its primary agenda if voted to power in next month's assembly polls.

In its 70-page manifesto the opposition Trinamool Congress alleged that during the "misrule" of the Left Front the state's economy had not only been left in shambles, but the biggest damage has been done by destroying the work environment at all levels by politicisation of the administration and state-run institutions.

"Politicisation to such an extent has absolutely squeezed democratic space in society. It is now almost a semi-fascist state," the party said in its manifesto released a couple of days ago.

The party, which is an alliance partner of the BJP led-NDA, also promises a, "secularist approach" and to, "bring all sections and communities on the path of secularism," in an obvious attempt to woo the state's sizeable Muslim electorate.

Mamata, who has on more than one occasion declared her single-point agenda of dislodging the Marxists from the state, also rubbishes the "so-called development" of the state under Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in an appeal on the first page of the manifesto to the electorate asserting that the state was, "now in deep crisis."

First Published: Mar 31, 2006 16:10 IST