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Mamata dares Congress, CPI(M) to declare alliance

Kolkata: Trinamool Congress leader and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday welcomed the talk of an alliance between the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress and said such a tie-up was “very good” as candidates of the Opposition parties would forfeit their deposits in the Assembly polls.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the Budget session of the State Assembly in Kolkata on Friday. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the Budget session of the State Assembly in Kolkata on Friday. Photo: Ashoke Chakrabarty

“Let there be alliance between the CPI(M) and the Congress… Very, very good. I want that alliance to be made official,” she said in the Assembly.

“We have forged a people’s alliance, and the people will give their verdict and we will come back [to power],” she said.

Leader of the Opposition Surjya Kanta Mishra pointed out that Ms. Banerjee had forged an alliance with the Congress and the BJP time and again.

“Who is criticising whom. How many times she has forged an alliance [with the Congress and the BJP]. People of the State know this,” he told journalists

Ms. Banerjee told the Assembly that farmers of Singur, who were unwilling to part with their land for the Tata Motors small car project, had not got their land back. Their interest was not ignored, she said, pointing out that a law was passed by the Assembly for the return of land.

When Opposition members said five years had passed, the Chief Minister said the matter was with the Supreme Court.

Dr. Mishra said she was aware at the time of passing the law that it would not be realised.

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