BJP, CPI-M dividing anti-Left votes: Mamata

Malda (WB): The CPI(M) and the BJP had entered into a pact to divide anti-Left votes in the coming Assembly election in West Bengal, Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee alleged here on Sunday.

"The CPI(M) and BJP were working in tandem to divide anti-Left votes. Therefore voting for the BJP means voting for CPI(M). I appeal to you not to vote for BJP," Banerjee said at a public meeting at Pakuahat in Habibpur (ST) constituency.

It was her first public election meeting in the state where such meetings were not held earlier as the use of microphones was not allowed due to various board examinations.

Describing the BJP, which has fielded candidates in all 12 constituencies of Malda district, as `seasonal bird`, Banerjee, also the Railway minister, said, "BJP has no base in West Bengal. They party leaders arrive only before the polls."

Banerjee, who was earlier railway minister in the BJP-led NDA government, urged people to vote for Trinamool Congress candidate for Habibpur (ST), Mohan Tudu.

Incidentally, Tudu left BJP to join Trinamool Congress some months ago.

On the late Congress stalwart ABA Ghani Khan Chowdhury, Banerjee said "My salam to Barkat saheb. I started my public meeting from Malda as he was the first person to have floated the idea of forging an alliance to oust the Left Front from power."

Khan Chowdhury has been an MP from Malda and a railway minister.

Urging people not to vote for Independent candidates who are originally from Congress, she said, "You vote only for the alliance of Trinamool Congress and Congress to create history."

The Trinamool chief lambasted the "worthless" Left Front government saying it did nothing for the district during its 32-year-rule.