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Mamata hits out at Oppn over malicious slander campaign

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday expressed displeasure at the ‘malicious’ campaign targeted at her integrity, saying those who were indulging in it did not understand the sentiments of the masses and the culture and history of the state.

“In this election, the people of the city and Bengal will give a beffiting reply to the masses. Those who don’t have any understanding about the culture and history of the state are making derogatory comments everyday on TV channels. There should be a limit to the malicious campaign,” she said.
The Trinamool Congress  (TMC) chief was addressing a road show in south Kolkata to drum up suppot for her party’s candidates in the civic polls.

Hinting at BJP national secretary Siddharth Nath Singh’s jibe, “bhag Mamata bhag”, made sometime ago, she said, “Everyday if you open TV channels you will hear some opposition party members abusing me. They are coming from outside, not even born in Bengal and telling me to go out of the state.”

“Such an audacity! Who are they? These are acts of provocation. Let them remain in televison channels and I will remain in the hearts of the masses,” Mamata said.

The CM said provocative statements were being made by opposition party leaders to disturb the state’s peaceful atmosphere.

The TMC is confident of sweeping the civic polls. TMC secretary-general Partha Chatterjee said that
the party was not facing any opposition in the election.

The only opposition it was finding was from a section of the media, he said. “Where is the opposition you are talking of we are facing? I do not see any opposition in the upcoming civic polls. The only opposition we are facing is from a section of the media,” he said.

Campaigning ends for civic polls

Amid political violence and trading of allegations, the campaigning for the April 18 Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls ended on Thursday. The four major parties – Trinamool Congress, Congress, CPI-M-led Left Front and BJP -- are in the fray for 144 wards. A total of 37,42,019 voters will exercise their franchise to decide the fate of 1075 candidates. The counting of votes is scheduled for April 28.
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