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People have kept faith on Mamata Banerjee: Partha

Kolkata: The people of rural Bengal have kept faith in the development work carried out by Mamata Banerjee, which is why they have supported Trinamool Congress so overwhelmingly, said Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee on Friday.
He appealed to all sections of people to maintain peace. "Now, the most important thing is to maintain peace," he said. He regretted that a party office has been burnt in Gopiballavpur in West Midnapore. "BJP wants these incidents to happen so that they can go to the Governor and seek his intervention," he said.
Chatterjee came down heavily on BJP for their demand to promulgate Internal Emergency under Article 356. "Some comedians have come into the political scene in Bengal. BJP has not seen the 34 years of CPI-M rule and the red terror they had unleashed in Bengal. The television is showing the same incident over and over again, trying to prove that there is no law and order in Bengal. The people of rural Bengal have seen the functioning of the state government and so, they have backed Trinamool with such a big majority," he said.
Chatterjee said the party is keeping a tab on the Independent candidates who have won the polls. "If you look at the tally, you will find that the Independent candidates have won maximum seats in Gram Panchayat, fewer seats in Panchayat Samity and no seat in Zilla Parishad. Trinamool leadership is keeping a tab on the situation," he said.
He said that the party will stand beside the 10 families of the party workers who got murdered during the polls. "The Chief Minister has spoken about this and the party is looking into it. We are keeping contacts with the families," he added.
The secretary general said there was an alliance between CPI-M, Congress and BJP in the polls. He said CPI-M state secretary Suryakanta Misra had said that the party will oppose BJP in Delhi and Trinamool Congress here in Bengal.
"See what has happened to them. CPI-M has bagged less seats that the Independent candidates in Gram Panchayat. After ruling Bengal for 34 years, you need a binocular to spot the party now. Any political party must follow ideology," Chatterjee said.
About Congress, he said "the party has become non-existent in Malda and Murshidabad, which were both the party's strongholds."
He said now the main task of the state government is to speed up work which got affected due to the Panchayat election. He said the party will conduct a probe into the party's unsatisfactory performance in Jhargram.

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