While leaving Bhattacharjee’s residence in the evening, Mamata said: “I had come here to visit him. I wished him speedy recovery. He asked me to sit. He wants to undergo treatment at home. However, I have spoken to his wife and assured her that we will provide all possible help.”
Justifying the need for the alliance, Bhattacharjee explained, “Why are we standing together? Because Bengal is facing a grave danger and we all need to fight together to save Bengal.”
This is the second time that the former chief minister has openly spoken in favour of an alliance. The first time was in January in a rally in Singur.
The intensity of the pitch is rising as the election nears — former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee appealed publicly to the Congress last week for a quick deal to unseat Mamata Banerjee.
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The CPM Politburo merely said the leadership will take a decision at an “appropriate time”.
The CPM politburo member also urged the people to exercise their franchise against the TMC in the municipal polls.
He was speaking at 49th foundation day celebration of Ganashakti — the party’s daily newspaper.
Around 3,500 acres of land were handed over to the company for setting up the project.
Those leading the protest included branch committee secretary Tanvir Ahmed and local member Sumanta Mukherjee.
At another election meeting at Kharagpur, she reiterated that people who were not secular could not become the Prime Minister.
Mamata had on Friday questioned the source of “thousands of crores that came into CPI(M)’s coffers” during its regime.
Refusing to go into an alliance with the Congress, Bhattacharjee said, ‘We will not enter into an alliance with the Congress.
Mamata led the charge hitting out at Bhattacharjee for the Saradha Group setting up business during his regime.
I am surprised that corporate entities can make and unmake things, said Bhattacharjee.