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Time to end rigging raj: Atal

PTI | By, Kolkata
May 05, 2004 07:24 PM IST

The PM said the Communists have captured booths, terrorised voters and rigged elections to remain in power. But despite that ?the Communists are confined to West Bengal, Kerala and Tripura because they can?t rig polls in other states.?

He didn’t talk of ‘India shining’, nor did he try to make the crowd ‘feel good’. Instead, Atal Bihari Vajpayee used his first and only rally in West Bengal to allay fears that the BJP was anti-Muslim.

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“Our opponents have spread the rumour that we are against Muslims. We’ve always protected the rights of  Muslims and treated them like equals,” the PM said.

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Vajpayee’s speech at Deshapriya Park today was well prepared. Aware that his audience had been subjected to consistent Left campaigns against privatisation, he promised to protect workers’ rights and improve the PSUs’ performance if the NDA was voted back to power.

Vajpayee hit the Left Front where it hurt the most. The Communists have captured booths, terrorised voters and rigged elections to remain in power, he said. But despite that “the Communists are confined to Bengal, Kerala and Tripura because they can’t rig polls in other states.”

Met with a loud applause from Trinamool Congress and BJP supporters, Vajpayee thundered: “This rigging in Bengal must be stopped.” And that he said would be his gift to Mamata Banerjee whose only request to him was: “Sir, I have only one request. When you become PM again, remove the CPI-M from this state.”

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