TMC Won't Leave an Inch to Any Oppn Nominee: Mamata

Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee today asserted that her party would not leave an inch to any opposition candidate in any seat, including Jangipur Lok Sabha constituency where President Pranab Mukherjee's son Abhijit is the Congress candidate.

"BJP, Congress and CPI(M) are playing got-up matches. But we are not into any such game," she said at an election rally here in support of party candidate Haji Nurul Islam.

Without once naming the President or his son, Banerjee said, "I have not brought Haji Nurul, Indranil (Sen) or Mohammed Ali to play got-up matches here."

Sen, a new entrant, is pitted against Congress heavyweight and Union Minister Adhir Chowdhury for the Baharampur seat, while Mohammad Ali is the TMC candidate in Murshidabad.

TMC and Congress had fought the 2009 Lok Sabha elections in an alliance and all these three seats were won by Congress.

While Pranab Mukherjee had won the Jangipur seat in 2009, it was won by his son Abhijit in a 2012 bypoll when his father became the President of India.

Nurul is a sitting MP from Basirhat Lok Sabha seat from where he hails, but was shifted this time by TMC to Jangipur leading to murmurs in certain sections.

Banerjee, however, asserted today that Nurul was "more than my own brother" while asking people to vote for him.

"Congress, CPI(M) and BJP play games to cut votes in various constituencies in order to ensure victory of their candidates as per their strength there. But this will not happen this time," she said.

Claiming that Congress "only makes false promises", she asserted that "Congress will get a big zero."

"The Centre is taking away one lakh crore rupees from the state. Had this not happened, we could have ensured 20 lakh jobs for the youth of the state," she claimed. 

Banerjee said the UPA government had given loans to the erstwhile CPI(M)-led Left Front government as and when it asked despite knowing that the state was heading for a debt trap.

"We have thrown out CPI(M) after a long battle and I don't think the people will bring them back again," she said.

The TMC supremo claimed that her party would play a pivotal role in the formation of government in Delhi and called on the people to send as many party candidates as possible to the Lok Sabha to consolidate its position.

"A conspiracy is on. They have a lot of anger against me," she said without naming anyone with reference to her narrow escape in last week's fire in her hotel room at Malda.

"They can't do anything politically, so they try to take my life. But I don't care about all this.

"I will live like a tigress as long as I live. I only care about the people and nothing else," she asserted.

Banerjee had a narrow escape on April 17 after a fire broke out in a hotel room she was staying in Malda district while she was campaigning for the Lok Sabha poll.

The following day, the police recovered a bomb-like device under a culvert on the Suri-Bolpur road barely half an hour before she was to pass through it to address a rally.

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