Ready to fight Bengal panchayat polls alone: Congress

August 11th, 2012 - 7:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Mamata Banerjee Kolkata, Aug 11 (IANS) Announcing the likelihood of Congress going all alone in the West Bengal panchayat polls, state Congress chief Pradip Bhattacharjee Saturday accused the Mamata Banerjee government of meddling with the rights of democratically-elected rural bodies.

“If they (Trinamool) want to go alone in panchayat polls, then they are free to go. It is their political decision. We want to say that we are also ready to fight the panchayat polls alone. We have the strength to fight and win alone,” Bhattacharjee told reporters.

Last month Banerjee had indicated the end of her Trinamool Congress’s alliance with the Congress in the state, flatly asserting that her party was capable of going it alone. The Congress hit back, terming it a “betrayal”, and said the people had voted for the alliance.

The Trinamool leadership has repeatedly indicated that they want to go alone in the crucial panchayat polls which, it is speculated, are being brought forward to the winter season this year.

Bhattacharjee requested the state government to stop unnecessary bureaucratic interference with the elected rural bodies of the state

“There is an unnecessary meddling with the democratic rights of the elected rural bodies. In many places, the bureaucracy has been asked to function on behalf of rural bodies. This is undemocratic,” he said.

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