Have info LS polls could be advanced: Didi to partymen

'Any day,we can face election. We have to remain ready,' Trinamool chief told her partymen.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: May 12, 2012 3:26 am

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Friday claimed she has information that a political party in Delhi had held a meeting to advance the Lok Sabha election to 2013 and asked her partymen to be ready for it.

“Any day,we can face election. We have to remain ready,” she said.

“One party has held a meeting to hold the election in advance,though my information may not be correct,” Banerjee told a meeting of Trinamool Congress at Maharashtra Niwas Hall without naming the party. “I have got the information. I am not going into details as to who were at the meeting. They deliberated on advancing the Lok Sabha election to 2013,” she said.

Warning the party leaders and cadres against misdeeds,she issued an advisory urging them to inform the government rather than going to colleges and police stations in case of any problem.

“I will not allow the image of the party to be tarnished due to one or two leaders. If anyone thinks that he has become an MLA or MP so he would not work,then I will say that we don’t want such MLAs and MPs.”

Her comment comes in the wake of an incident at Bhangar College where a lecturer was assaulted allegedly by former Trinamool MLA Arabul Islam.

She also criticised the Centre for not offering financial assistance to West Bengal.

“The Centre has not given us a single paisa. A sum of Rs 22,000 crore is simply deducted from the state exchequer every year on account of payment of principle and interest of loan that was taken by the Left Front government. We will continue to show tolerance for some more time as we are a responsible ally of the Centre. Being an alliance partner,we need help from the Centre,” Mamata said.

It was character assassination,not cartoon: Mamata

Responding to the cartoon controversy,Mamata said the professor was arrested for “stealing the e-mail address of another” to spread “a picture message” aimed at “assassinating a character”. “It was never a cartoon. It was an attempt at character assassination. A word ‘vanish’ was used in the mail featuring me and Mukul Roy.” The word vanish,according to Mamata,was an indication of “murder of a character”.

“Everyone is equal in the eye of law. If a crime is committed,the government will act irrespective of the identity of the person. A rickshaw puller and a professor are same in the eyes of law,” Mamata said.

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