No uncertainty over alliance with Cong, says Mamata

Kolkata, Feb 20 (PTI) Ending uncertainty over her party''salliance with Congress ahead of West Bengal Assembly polls,Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today said thetie-up would remain and asked people to dislodge the LeftFront government after 35 years of "misrule".

"There is no question mark over my party''s alliance withthe Congress and SUCI," she said at a party rally to protestalleged CPI-M atrocities in places like Nandigram and Netai.

"We want to continue with our alliance with the Congressand SUCI," she said, virtually kicking off the TrinamoolCongress election campaign in the poll-bound state.

Banerjee, whose party is a partner in the Congress-led UPAat the Centre, appealed to Left-minded people who are unhappywith the state of affairs in the state, 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 urged the electorate to throw out the CPI(M)-ledLeft Front saying, "In Egypt people have brought in changeafter 30 years. I urge the people of my state to get rid ofthe Left democratically after its 35 years of misrule."

Seeking to retain the minority votebank, which has veeredtowards 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 votebank politics propelled them to talkof their welfare and they would forget them conveniently afterelections.

Pointing out that she was for co-existence of bothagriculture and industry, the Trinamool Congress supremoreferred to Singur and said, "We have protested againstinjustice, but not development."

The Trinamool Congress chief claimed that during its35-year rule, the CPI(M)-led Left Front has stalled alldevelopment and closed job avenues for the youth.

"They have closed 55,000 large industries, 1.35 lakh smallfactories and thriving industrial townships like Durgapur andKalyani have gone barren under their rule," Banerjee saidaccusing the Left of hindering setting up of railway projectsin 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 criticised the state government for high taxes andsaid while the Centre is responsible for price rise, the statetoo was to blame.

"But keeping in mind the hardships of the poor, we havenot raised railway fares even once," the Railway Ministersaid, just four days before presenting her ministry''s budgetin Parliament.

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