‘Erred in allying with Congress’

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today regretted her party’s decision to form an electoral alliance with the Congress ahead of the 2011 Assembly polls

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 17, 2013 3:08 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today regretted her party’s decision to form an electoral alliance with the Congress ahead of the 2011 Assembly polls. “It was a wrong decision. It is because of the alliance that we won less seats. Had we fought alone,the TMC would have bagged 293 out of the total 294 seats,” Mamata said.

Addressing an election rally in Bishnapur in South 24-Parganas,which goes to the panchayat polls in the state in the third phase on July 19,the CM said the Congress and the CPM are now “brothers” fighting together.

Mamata,in a reference to the increase in prices of essential commodities and petroleum,also said the government at the Centre has been taking anti-people measures,

“They have increased the price so many times,which has had an impact on cost of electricity production and pricing,on commodities,and on agricultural workers who use shallow tubewell pumps,” she said.

“You protest against these things and they will use the CBI to silence you,” she said.

The CM was equally critical of the CPM,saying during the Left regime people were tortured,raped,and murdered but the victims never got justice,with the police never registering their complaints. “Has Tapasi Malik’s family in Singur got justice for the rape and murder of their daughter? There are many such cases and the victims’ families will never get justice,” she said.

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