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No question of tie-up with Mamata: Left

Express News Service | Kolkata | Posted: August 31, 2014 2:41 am

The Left parties, including major partner CPM, on Saturday ruled out the possibility of joining hands with Trinamool Congress to counter BJP, a day after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that no one was “untouchable” in politics, including the communists.

“There is no question of alliance with Trinamool or Mamata Banerjee. It is due to her policies and politics that BJP has made inroads in West Bengal. If we have to fight the communal BJP, we will fight it on our own,” CPI leader Gurudas Dasgupta told PTI here.

In an interview on Friday, the TMC chief, when asked if she was willing to ally with the Left parties, had replied that talks could be held. “She was the first to bring BJP into the state when she joined hands with them in 1998,” said CPM politburo member Surjya Kanta Mishra, who is also the Leader of the Opposition.

Meanwhile, the ruling party leaders in the state tried to play down the CM’s overtures. TMC state president Subrata Bakshi said: “It was a general statement about politics. You see that JD(U) and RJD have joined hands with Congress after 20 years. This is politics. So we do not want to comment on what Didi has said.” Senior TMC MP Sougata Roy saw no “veiled” signal in what Mamata said. “The CM is the chief of the party and her comment is final. She has made a general statement that all options are open in politics. One should not jump to any conclusion and take one particular party in consideration,” he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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