Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will kickstart the assembly election campaign of her party Trinamool Congress by addressing a big rally in Siliguri on Monday.
During the rally, the West Bengal leader is expected to attack the newly announced Congress-CPI(M) tie-up and the BJP which is trying to make inroads into the Trinamool-ruled state.
Banerjee had last week said that she would visit Kerala, which also goes to polls along with West Bengal, to expose the “unholy” alliance between the Congress and CPI-M.
Banerjee said she would tell the people of Kerala how the two parties were trying to fool them.
“We want to tell the people of Kerala how Congress and CPI(M) are trying to fool them. If they are having an alliance, then they should have it everywhere in the country,” Banerjee said.
She charged the Congress with having “sold their flag and themselves” to the CPI(M).
“Now they have forgotten their ideology – be it Gandhian or the ideology of Subhas Chandra Bose. Now the only ideology which is working is self-interest,” she said while releasing the manifesto of Trinamool Congress for the assembly election.
“In politics, transparency is a big thing. They don’t have any transparency. They have formed an unholy alliance,” Banerjee said.
Asked about differences over seat adjustment between the alliance partners, Banerjee said, “I am least bothered.”
The party in its manifesto promised overall development of Bengal and continuing the development work that the TMC government had started after coming to power in 2011.
“We have kept all our promises. We don’t believe in making false promises just to get votes. Despite the fact that we had to pay a huge amount of money in order to repay the debt, we have ushered in a new era of development in Bengal,” Banerjee said.
On Singur, she said the government had kept its word.
“We have kept our word. We made a law to give back the land to unwilling farmers but it was challenged in the court. So the matter is sub-judice. I still believe that we will be able to hand back the land to the farmers. Let’s wait for the court’s verdict,” she said.
Banerjee, last week, said she was willing to talk to the Tata Group if the company was willing to set up the plant on 600 acres in Singur.