We triumphed against all odds,says Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,while dedicating the Trinamool Congress’s victory in the panchayat elections to the people of rural Bengal,said it was a triumph against a formidable opposition

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:July 30, 2013 4:07 am

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,while dedicating the Trinamool Congress’s victory in the panchayat elections to the people of rural Bengal,said it was a triumph against a formidable opposition comprising the Centre,all constitutional forces,and an alleged unholy alliance of the Congress,CPM and the BJP.

“It is a victory for democracy. People of rural Bengal have got back their democracy. There was an unholy and undeclared alliance between the Congress,CPM and the BJP…we had to fight a fierce opposition comprising the Centre and all constitutional forces – though I respect the Constitutional bodies. It is actually the Mahajot (grand alliance) of people that has won. In democracy,it is the people who have the last laugh,’’ Mamata said at Writers’. The CM said her party would dedicate this victory to Maa-Mati-Manush at the party’s Martyrs’ Day celebrations on August 21. “We will observe Rakshabandhan on that day,’’ she said.

The CM took a dig at the State Election Commission,which she alleged created an adverse situation for the state to hold the elections. “Panchayat elections were never held in five phases,in the month of Ramzan,with central forces on guard and Section 144 having been imposed. The CPM-appointed election commission created all sorts of impediments for us,’’ Mamata said.

State minister for commerce and industries Partha Chatterjee,too,attacked the SEC for not posting the latest results on its website.

Mamata seemed hopeful that her party would attain majority in 13 zilla parishads.

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