Pranab is CPM mouthpiece: Trinamool

Prospects of an alliance between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls appear bleaker with each passing day....

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: February 23, 2009 12:01 am

Prospects of an alliance between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress before the Lok Sabha polls appear bleaker with each passing day. To make it worse,top Trinamool leaders on Sunday questioned the credibility of senior Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee,and called him the ruling CPI(M)’s “mouthpiece”.

Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly,Partha Chatterjee,said WBPCC chief Mukherjee was siding with the CPI(M) against the people of Bengal.

The scathing attack came just hours after Mukherjee attended the foundation-laying function of East West Metro Corridor along with Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and said that halting development for political gains is harmful for the people.

Although Chatterjee made the comments at a press conference at Mamata Banerjee’s Kalighat residence,the Trinamool chief was herself absent.

“Our Bengal’s hero (Mukherjee) is acting as one of the votaries of the CPI(M). He is also sharing the pipe with the CPI(M). Where was he when people were killed in Nandigram? Why was he absent in Singur when Tapasi Malik died? He is not with the people of Bengal,but is siding with the CPI(M) and Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee,” said Chatterjee,flanked by party leaders Sudip Bandopadhyay and Mukul Roy.

Chatterjee said that both Mukherjee and the CPI(M) were on a spree laying the foundation of various projects just before the elections and added: “In the 32 years of CPI(M) rule how many projects have materialised?”

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