Mamata says no question mark over alliance with Congress

Kolkata, Feb 20 (PTI) Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjeetoday said there is no question mark over her party''s alliancewith Congress for the upcoming West Bengal Asembly Electionsand asked people to usher in change by ending the Left Frontgovernment''s 35-year ''misrule''.

Banerjee also reminded a rally organised by her partythat in Egypt people have brought in change after 30 yearsbut wanted the Left government to be thrown out by democraticmeans.

"We want to continue with our alliance with the Congressand SUCI," the Trinamool Congress chief said, adding there isno question mark over her party''s alliance with Congress andleft outfit SUCI. The TC is a partner in the Congress-led UPAgovernment at the Centre.

The rally was organised in protest against allegedCPI-M atrocities in places like Nandigram and Netai.

She called on the Left-minded people, who are unhappywith the state of affairs in West Bengal, to join hands in herfight against the Left Front.

"My fight is against the Left rule and not againstLeft-minded people. Those who want to voice their protestagainst the Left Front misrule of 35 years, their atrocitieson people and want real development of the state are welcometo join hands to fight together," she said.

Banerjee called on the people of West Bengal todislodge the CPI(M)-led Left Front saying, "In Egypt peoplehave brought in change after 30 years, I urge the people of mystate to get rid of the Left democratically after its 35-yearmisrule."

Seeking to retain the minority votebank, which hasveered towards it since the 2008 panchayat polls and is beingdesperately wooed by the Left ever since, Banerjee said, "Ifwe come to power, we will implement the Sachar Committeereport on minority development in the state."

She questioned the Left''s sincerity in minoritydevelopment claiming it is votes that propelled them to talkof their welfare and would forget them conveniently afterelections.

Pointing out that she was for co-existence of bothagriculture and industry, the Trinamool Congress supremo saidreferring to Singur, "We have protested against injustice,but not development."

The Trinamool Congress chief, addressing the rally infront of the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road here, alleged thatduring its 35-year rule the CPI(M)-led Left Front has stalledall development and closed job avenues for the youth.

"They have closed 55,000 large industries, 1.35 lakhsmall factories and thriving industrial townships likeDurgapur and Kalyani have gone barren under their rule,"Banerjee said while alleging that the Left is at presenthindering railway factories from being set up in the state.

Alleging that during its 35-year rule, the CPI(M) hasindulged in several mass killings, Banerjee said, "If we cometo power, we will ensure trial of the accused in every case."

She also criticised the state government for high taxrates stating "while the Centre is responsible for price rise,the state also has a large contribution by way of exorbitanttax rates on general people."

"But keeping in mind the hardship of the poor people,we have not raised railway fares once even," she said.

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