Not eyeing on CM's post? Didi not to contest polls

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Mamata Banerjee
Kolkata, Mar 2: After her Railway Budget 2011, Trinamool Congress chief and Union Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee faced several criticisms. Her budget was regarded as "West Bengal budget and not a populist one." But today (Wednesday, Mar 2), Didi has surprised and shocked many when she hinted that she may not contest the upcoming poll in the state.

During a meeting in Kolkata, Ms Banerjee claimed, "It is not mandatory to contest the elections. I will campaign for my party."

Answering to a question that what will be her first reaction if her party will win the poll, Mamata replied that she could get elected to the Assembly within six months for which there is a constitutional provision.

"Now if I devote myself to campaigning, I can concentrate more on my work. I will continue as Railway Minister and fulfil my commitment," claimed Mamata.

The central election commission on Tuesday, Mar 1 announced the poll dates for four crucial states and one union territory - West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Assam, Kerala and Pondicherry. Wesyt Bengal poll will start from Apr 18 and it will be held in six phase.

Mamata claimed that her party is all set to release the list of candidates but she is waiting for Congress to draw up its own before negotiations for seat adjustment could begin.

Before leaving for national capital, Mamata claimed, "But arms and ammunition stockpiled by CPM cadres in different districts must be unearthed before polling begins."

The Trinammol chief's statement about her not contesting the upcoming poll, raised question among many. However, some experts opined that didi's latest move might be a political scheme to stop her critique ahead of the crucial poll.

Mamata Banerjee is believed to be a strong contender for the Chief Minister post in the state. Now, it will be really interesting to see who will contest the party if Mamata would really set aside.

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