Trinamool has not sought GJM support in Bengal polls: Mamata

Last Updated: Fri, Apr 01, 2011 20:49 hrs
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Kolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee today said her party had not sought the support of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha in coming state assembly elections and she was against a division of West Bengal.

"I did not have any talks with them (GJM. They announced this unilaterally. They are with BJP and this seems to be a game planted by CPI(M)", she told a Bengali TV channel reacting to GJM chief Bimal Gurung's announcement yesterday to support Trinamool Congress and Congress candidates in Terai and Dooars in North Bengal.

"I am against the division of Bengal. I have already said this during my last visit to Darjeeling", she said.

Referring to the Left's allegation about her party's links with Maoists, Banerjee, the Railway Minister, said she would resign if this could be proved.

"It is CPI(M) which has imported the Maoists to the state. CPI(M) has misused the joint forces in Junglemahal. Chidambaram (Union Home Minister) has understood this. But he understood it late."

She said CPI(M)'s campaign against her in the election on the issues of price rise and corruption because of her being part of the UPA government would not work.

"We do not acknowlege corruption", she said.

Referring to the 2G spectrum scam, she said "whatever happened was in 2007 when CPI(M)was providing outside support to the first UPA government.

To a question, she said Congress rebels in Bengal who were sore over seat-sharing with TC would not impact the outcome of the polls since votes would be polarised between those who wanted change and those who did not.

"We will get two-thirds majority and the Marxists will be a big zero this time from Junglemahal belt," she predicted.

Banerjee alleged phones of party leaders were being tapped at the behest of chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee.

On the land acquisition issue, she said a new policy would be drafted. "Industrialists should directly purchase 100 per cent of land and the state may go for 10 per cent in only exceptional cases."

Banerjee hinted at keeping the Home portfolio, along with chief ministership, in the event of Trinamool coming to power.

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