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Mamata sees split-party plot

Calcutta, April 30: Trinamul Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee today kicked off her campaign for the forthcoming civic polls by accusing the CPM and the Congress of hatching a 'conspiracy to break my party'.

“The CPM and the Congress have joined hands to finish regional parties all over the country. In Bengal, our party is a victim of their conspiracy. I have asked Trinamul workers not to fall into the trap laid by the Congress-CPM combine,” she told a mammoth gathering at the Park Circus Maidan this afternoon.

This was Mamata’s first public meeting after mayor Subrata Mukherjee formed the Paschimbanga Unnayan Congress Mancha to mobilise anti-CPM forces, including the Congress, to contest the polls.

The Congress is unaware of the “dangerous consequences of hobnobbing with the Marxists”, she said.

Mamata, in her 45-minute speech, severely criticised the role of “some party members who are favouring an alliance with the Congress”, but did not name Mukherjee.
The Trinamul leader said anyone could quit the party if its ideology and principles were not acceptable. “But everyone has to accept the party’s decisions and abide by its constitution if he or she intends to remain in it,” she said.

“There is no question of forming an electoral alliance with any party other than the BJP. So, those advocating an alliance with the Congress are going against the party line,” asserted the Trinamul chief.

“Some persons are trying to hand over our party to another party. We are keeping a close watch on them and will take action at the right moment. We know all this is the CPM’s handiwork,” she said.

“Some persons are talking about a mahajot (grand alliance) with the Congress and other parties. I would like to describe it as a mahaghot (grand conspiracy),” Mamata said.

“What is this jot' When we have not quit the NDA, why should we think of any other alliance'” she asked. “Under no circumstance shall we enter into an alliance with the Congress. Come what may, I shall not deviate from our political line even if I get killed,’’ said the Trinamul chief.

On his return to Calcutta, Mukherjee today discussed preparations for the May 8 Mahasammelan with associates. Several Congress leaders, including defence minister Pranab Mukherjee, water resources minister Priya Ranjan Das Munshi and Malda MP A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury, are likely to attend.

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