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Winning them all: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee mingles with the crowd during campaigning in Kolkata on Monday.
Winning them all: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee mingles with the crowd during campaigning in Kolkata on Monday.

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KOLKATA: The alliance between the Trinamool Congress and the Congress will continue after the polls too. “Our understanding is very good,” Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said here on Monday.

She was responding to Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee’s doubts earlier in the day over the Trinamool continuing its alliance with the Congress after the elections.

Ms. Banerjee described the alliance between her party and the Congress as “stable, secular and progressive.”

“We are totally against the Bharatiya Janata Party as we are against the Communist Party of India (Marxist). We are with the Congress and I believe the CPI(M) is not going with the Congress,” she said.

“ It [the CPI(M)] has become a dummy of the BJP and I do not think the Congress will bow its head before the Left”, Ms. Banerjee said.

Protest to continue

On Mr. Bhattacharjee’s assertion that there was no question of handing back the 400 acres acquired at Singur for the now relocated Tata Motors Nano project to its erstwhile owners, she said that the agitation for the return of the plots “forcibly” acquired at Singur will continue and in Nandigram after the elections.

On Mr. Bhattacharjee’s comment that he saw no reason for further discussions on the future of the 400 acres, she said: “I do not like to talk to him [either].”


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