Making a scathing attack on the CPI(M), Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the party was not at all scared at the proposed electoral ties of the Left Front with Congress as it would have no impact on the poll prospect of the Trinamool Congress.
She was addressing the extended general body meeting of the party at the Netaji Indoor Stadium on Friday afternoon.
Demolishing the ideas put forward by some Left Front and Congress leaders that the alliance would put the TMC in a tight spot, she categorically said it would have no impact on the poll prospect of her party. Calling CPI(M) as the “biggest opportunist party”, she said the slogans shouted by the Left Front leaders against Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were still fresh in her memory.
“They used to call Indira Gandhi a witch and a dictator and Rajiv Gandhi as thief because of receiving kickbacks in the purchase of Bofors guns. But now, they are going after the Congress to have electoral alliance. “The slogans against Indira and Rajiv Gandhi are still fresh in memory,” she maintained.
“But people are aware of the CPIM’s opportunism and will not support the alliance,” she remarked.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) has unanimously accepted the decision to have talks with the Congress regarding the proposed electoral alliance. Party’s general secretary Sitaram Yechuri and veteran politburo member Prakash Karat were present at the two-day state committee meeting that started in Alimuddin Street on Friday morning.
Party leaders including the former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and state secretary Suryakanta Misra strongly pleaded for the electoral alliance with the Congress. They said “the existing political situation in the state should be carefully studied the alliance between the Congress and Left Front was the need of the hour to establish democracy in Bengal.”
However, the CPI(M) leaders were embarrassed after posters criticising the proposed alliance with the Congress were put up on the walls of party’s state headquarters. The posters were removed and CPI(M) leaders saying “they were the handiwork of some dissidents”.
Meanwhile, Congress leaders led by Adhir Chowdhury are flying to Delhi to have talks with senior leaders of the party. Chowdhury will be accompanied by Abu Hussain Khan Chowdhury, party MP and Abdul Mannan.
Though party leaders had met the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and pleaded strongly in favour of the alliance on February 1, party chair person Sonia Gandhi is silent on the issue. Party leaders like Manas Bhuniya and Deepa Das Munshi had met her and expressed their displeasure over the issue.
Both had suggested that the Congress should fight alone in the state. Even the Congress leaders in Kerala have told Rahul Gandhi not to go for the alliance.
Party leaders said the meeting between the state leaders and high command would be very crucial.