Karat slams Trinamool Congress on corruption

Last Updated: Wed, Apr 20, 2011 06:41 hrs

Kolkata: Lashing out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for promoting corruption-based politics, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPM) General Secretary Prakash Karat has said the TMC will have a government that will trigger a price hike and patronise corruption.

Addressing a rally here, Karat said: ''The Trinamool Congress wants a change, and by that, they want a government, like the one in Delhi, which has triggered a price hike and indulged in colossal corruption. The Trinamool is part of the central government and it cannot detach itself from the UPA's scams.''

''The price of petrol was hiked several times, but the Trinamool says they were never consulted on this. In Kolkata, they will hit the roof on the issue, but in Delhi, they will remain deaf and dumb,'' he added.

He said the state government had never been accused of corruption and expressed confidence about the CPI-M retaining power.

The Left Front has been in power in West Bengal for over three decades.

Presently, it is facing a tough challenge from the Trinamool Congress and the Congress, who have raised simmering issues such as the Maoist insurgency, corruption, and unemployment.

The state will have elections in six phases. The first phase took place on April 18.

The second phase will take place on April 23, the third phase on April 27, the fourth phase on May 3, the fifth phase on May 7 and the sixth phase on May 10.

The total number of assembly constituencies in West Bengal is 294, of which 68 are reserved for Scheduled Castes and 16 for Scheduled Tribes.

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