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Buddha spotlight on CM-BJP earlier ties

Krishnagar, April 27: Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee today drew attention to Mamata Banerjee’s previous association with the BJP, speaking at Nadia’s Krishnagar where the minorities make up 35 per cent of the electorate.

“Now she is asking people to oppose the BJP. But what did she do a few years ago? She held hands with the BJP and joined its ministry. She even sent flowers to Narendra Modi after his victory in Gujarat. Don’t forget that. She is totally responsible for bringing the BJP to Bengal,” the former chief minister said at a Left rally in Krishnagar.

“She has announced sops for a particular community. I want to tell all of them, don’t be misled and fooled by her. She is the one who had aligned with that communal party and she is not admitting that in public. She is not saying it was wrong on her part to side with the BJP,” the CPM politburo member added at the rally on Karbala Maidan that drew around 10,000 people.

Nadia has several pockets with a considerable minority population. In areas such as Nakashipara, Chapra, Tehatta and Kaliganj, Muslims make up between 45 and 50 per cent of the electorate.

Bhattacharjee had highlighted Mamata’s previous links with the BJP at an interaction with journalists at the press club in Calcutta on April 25.

Told that many in the minority community had drifted towards Trinamul from the Left, he had said: “She (Mamata) is opposing the BJP now. But she was with the BJP earlier. In this election, has she ever said that it was wrong on her part to side with the BJP earlier? The chief minister has never said that. And this is something the Muslims have realised now.”

A Trinamul general secretary today accused Bhattacharjee of misleading the Muslims. “Our chief minister has distanced herself from the BJP. She has announced several schemes for the development of the minorities. Fearing that Trinamul will do well in the minority belts in the elections, Buddhababu is trying to mislead the Muslims,” the Trinamul leader added.

In an apparent reference to Modi, the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate who addressed a rally in neighbouring Hooghly later, Bhattacharjee said this afternoon: “This man, the BJP leader, believes in a Hindu state. His party is indulging in mandir-masjid politics to divide the country. All of us must try and resist that with all our strength.”

Bhattacharjee slammed the Bengal government for the Saradha scam and demanded a CBI probe into the default.

“You all know what has happened in the Saradha affair. Where has the money gone? And when will the cheated depositors get their money back? Why is the government silent on the issue? We strongly demand a CBI inquiry,” he said.