TC, Cong will contest WB Assembly polls together: Mamata
Notwithstanding the bickering between her party and the Congress over the recent civic elections in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said the two parties would contest the next Assembly polls in alliance.kolkata Updated: Jul 21, 2010 22:05 IST
Notwithstanding the bickering between her party and the Congress over the recent civic elections in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said the two parties would contest the next Assembly polls in alliance.
"We had contested recent civic election alone and won. I salute Ma, Mati, Manush for the victory. But I will not blame Delhi (Congress high command for the collapse of seat sharing talks in the civic polls)," Banerjee told her party's annual Martyrs Day rally here.
"I hope that the Congress and Trinamool Congress will fight together to dislodge the CPI(M) from power," she said.
Calling for an early Assembly election instead of the scheduled June 2011, she said, "the CPI(M) will have to be removed from West Bengal in the next three or four months. We have won the semifinal (civic polls), now get ready to win the final (Assembly poll)."
"You have suffered torture for long. Can you not wait for three or four months more?" she asked party workers.
AICC General Secretary in-charge of Bengal K Keshav Rao, who was present at the rally said though there were hitches in seat-sharing in the civic election, the allies would jointly contest the Assembly elections.
"CPI(M) will cease to exist" after the Assembly polls, Rao claimed.
WBPCC chief Manas Bhuniya also expressed confidence about an alliance in the Assembly elections.
Describing Banerjee as a "capable railway minister" he ridiculed the CPI(M) demand for her resignation after Monday's train accident at Sainthia in Birbhum district.
Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee sent a message to Banerjee congratulating her for her "relentless struggle".
Apparently referring to the Left Front's repeated electoral setbacks, he said that winds of change were blowing across the state.
First Published: Jul 21, 2010 22:01 IST