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Mamata claims unofficial grand alliance with Congress

Written by: Staff

Kolkata, Apr 25 (UNI) Claiming that a polarised polling was taking place in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said her party would gain the entire Opposition vote as an unofficial grand alliance was struck with the Congress.

''There has been no division in the Opposition vote in the first two phases. The Congress and Trinamool Congress workers have struck grand alliances at local level in 80 per cent areas of rural Bengal, and we will get the entire Opposition support, '' she said addressing a meet-the-press programme.

Ms Banerjee said even though an official grand alliance of the Opposition parties was non-existent, the electorate was highly polarised and the elections were being fought between the ruling Left Front and the Trinamool Congress.

She, however, said the Trinamool was officially supporting the Congress in two constituencies, which she declined to name.

To a question, the Trinamool supremo described as 'planted and motivated' the exit poll results, which predicted massive victory for the Left Front in the first two rounds of polling and said many more people were yet to vote in the next three phases of elections.

''I do not think that the Left Front will retain power. I think the non-Left force will emerge winner...the people will decide who it will be, '' she said.

Unlike in the past, Ms Banerjee, however, treaded cautiously when she was asked about the possible number of seats her party expected to win, saying, '' I am not an astrologer. '' She also stopped short of praising the Election Commission for taking several tough measures, which her party had always wanted in the elections, saying her party wanted the poll panel to continue with the process.

''For the first time the EC is trying to meet our demand for a clean voter's list, a clean EPIC system and a free and fair polling.

Let me first see how it goes, '' she said.

She, however, claimed the EC's decision for holding a five-phase polling in West Bengal vindicated the stand of the Trinamool that elections in the state had been rigged through the 29-year rule of the Front Government.

''The EC's decision is a pointer to the fact that it has accepted the truth. If everything was alright here, the elections would have been in one phase. Ordering a five phase polling reflects the people's no-confidence in the Government, '' she said.

Alleging that the CPI(M)-led Government had unleashed a state-sponsored terrorism in the state, Ms Banerjee said the Marxists were making blatant misuse of the administrative machinary.

She also alleged that the Government was a big failure in every sphere and it had done nothing for the poor, including farmers.


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