The All-India Forward Bloc on Thursday criticised Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee for trying to stir up communal passions in the run-up to the civic polls in West Bengal.

Referring to a remark by Ms. Banerjee at one of her rallies, State Committee general secretary Ashok Ghosh told a press conference here that she had “pointed out particular localities as Muslim areas” and spoken about riots between two communities in Kolkata.”

Condemning the terror unleashed by the Trinamool against Left workers and supporters in recent months, he said, “The violence is worse than the days of 1972, when the Left parties were similarly targeted.”

‘Political reasons'

On the collapse of the Trinamool-Congress alliance for the May 30 civic polls, Mr. Ghosh alleged that Ms. Banerjee had “political reasons” for not forming an alliance with the Congress and that she was not alone in the attack against the Left front.

Earlier this week, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) accused Ms. Banerjee of creating an atmosphere of communal tension through her speeches, and urged the State Election Commission to initiate action against her for violating the code of conduct.

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