Don’t misuse party’s name, Mamata tells cadres

November 2nd, 2011 - 8:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Nov 2 (IANS) Amid allegations of rampant corruption among Trinamool Congress cadres, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday asked her partymen to be honest in financial dealings and to avoid “racketeers”.

“Sometimes, I have heard that in some places, a few people carrying Trinamool flags are extorting money. I want to say they don’t belong to Trinamool Congress. This is a ploy of the CPI-M (Communist Party of India-Marxist),” Banerjee said after being re-elected the party’s national chairperson here.

“Please don’t try to earn money by using the name of the party. Power doesn’t mean lust for power. Power means opportunity to work for people. Being a minister doesn’t mean extorting money. Work for the people,” she told her partymen at convention here.

“Builders, promoters and racketeers who run syndicates should stay away from political parties. They should not become members of a political party. My beloved party supporters, please stay away from such people,” she added.

Earlier, during a public meeting in August, Banerjee had asked industrialists not to pay a single penny to those seeking money in the name of her party.

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