LF charges cash-rich opposition with hatching conspiracyMarch 22nd, 2009 - 7:30 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Claiming that the opposition parties in West Bengal were flush with money, state’s ruling Left Front (LF) chairman Biman Bose Sunday accused them of hatching a conspiracy to weaken the ruling combine ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
“The anti-Left forces have conspired to create disunity among LF ranks. We have to remain vigilant so that none of the LF parties falls into their trap,” Bose told reporters after an LF meeting here.
Referring to the recent killing of five leaders and workers of the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M), Bose said these were ominous signals that an effort was on to create a state of lawlessness in West Bengal.
When a reporter pointed out that the Trinamool Congress had also alleged that the CPI-M-led LF was trying to break its alliance with the Congress, Bose said: “We are only concerned with our party and our front. We don’t interfere in the affairs of other parties. We don’t have the money power to do such things.”
“But the opposition is getting a lot of money. So, we have to remain alert,” he said.
Coming down heavily on the Congress-Trinamool Congress alliance, Bose likened the coming together of the two parties to sinking men trying to stay afloat by clutching at straws.
“They have joined hands from a deep sense of frustration,” he said.
Bose, also the CPI-M state secretary, said the LF prospects would not be affected by the desertion of three of its MPS who had been denied tickets for the polls.
“We are nobodies without the party, the front. Earlier also LF MPs have contested on opposition symbols. But what was the result? The result will be the same this time too.”
The three LF MPs who have quit are Abu Ayesh Mondal (CPI-M), Joachim Baxla (RSP) and Hiten Burman (Forward Bloc).
Bose said learning its lessons from the reverses in last year’s polls to rural executive councils, all LF partners were united ahead of the coming polls.
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