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Friday , March 14 , 2014
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Amma-stung Left grabs Anna ammo

New Delhi, March 13: What Amma did to the Left, Anna has done to Mamata, and the Left made no efforts today to hide its glee.

The Left, licking its wounds after Jayalalithaa ended the alliance talks in Tamil Nadu and Mamata Banerjee rushed to court her, today ridiculed the Bengal chief minister over Anna Hazare’s no-show at yesterday’s Ramlila Maidan rally.

“This had to happen. Anna must have been informed of Trinamul’s corruption in Bengal. How could Anna give a certificate to Mamata Banerjee on corruption when a sitting Trinamul MP is in jail in connection with the (Saradha) default scam?” CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury said today.

Yechury took a swipe at Mamata for saying she had attended the Delhi rally on the “invitation” of Anna.

“The Trinamul leader is now saying that the rally had been organised by Anna. Who will take blame when the fact remains that Trinamul had booked Ramlila Maidan and huge posters of Mamata had been put up?” he said.

The Left, particularly the CPM, has been spearheading efforts to stitch together a third front with non-Congress, non-BJP parties and steal a march on Mamata, who is pursuing a federal front.

The Left had got jittery after Anna declared he would campaign for “good” Trinamul candidates.

A section in the CPM had been trying to urge the social activist to part ways with Mamata.

The mayor and deputy mayor of the CPM-controlled Shimla Municipal Corporation had issued an open letter to Anna accusing several Trinamul leaders of being involved in corruption. They had requested Anna not to endorse Mamata.

An editorial in CPM mouthpiece People’s Democracy had wondered how Anna could declare support for Mamata.

“Speaking of Anna Hazare, many find it strange that he has now chosen to be the cheer leader of West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress. Sad, that someone like Anna, with his ‘moral uprightness’ and championing of honesty in public affairs should be seen openly cheering a party whose government in West Bengal has established a record of reducing the state as the rape capital of India and whose government has been admonished by the High Court for openly harbouring criminal elements, leave alone corrupt ones,” the March 9 editorial said.

Days after CPM general secretary Prakash Karat announced the coming together of 11 parties to fight the “communal” BJP and the “corrupt” Congress, the Left suffered a blow when Jayalalithaa dumped it. Mamata had said on the same day that she was not averse to supporting Jayalalithaa for Prime Minister.

Other regional leaders such as the BJD’s Naveen Patnaik, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and JD(S) president H.D. Deve Gowda are also reluctant to share seats with the Left.

Asked if he was happy with Anna’s move to stay away from the Ramlila rally, Yechury parried the question. “No, no. It was only a question of seat-sharing. We have always been stressing that everything will be post-poll. All fronts take shape after the results are out.”