Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: The Left Front government has “lost the moral right to be in power,” Trinamool Congress chief and new Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee, said here on Sunday.

“The people’s mandate in the elections was against a government that does not abide by the Constitution and persists in State terrorism”, she added.

“This government (Left Front government) has, instead of accepting the electorate’s mandate is continuing with terrorism. This terrorism is its doom. They (those in power) are not understanding this,” Ms. Banerjee said. She said that a senior party leader recently met Governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and complained of the “terrorism by the CPI(M).” The Centre was also informed.

“The CPI(M) members are not the original communists but are the selfish communists. True communists have an ideology but they (the Left Front) are totally isolated from the people,” Ms. Banerjee asserted.

She alleged that Trinamool Congress workers were being killed in different parts of the State and sections of the administration were being used by the CPI(M) to serve its political interests. “I am sorry to say that those who are responsible for maintaining peace and order and destroying Bengal,” Ms. Banerjee added. “The entire country, the world is happy with the CPI(M)’s defeat in the elections. No development work is being done in the State,” Ms. Banerjee claimed.

She also said that she is in favour of apolitical panchayat bodies that would ensure that the benefits of various programmes reach the people.

Coming down strongly against “the corrupt practices” of the State government, Ms. Banerjee said that she would be demanding an enquiry into such practices. There were allegations of Central funds meant for development being “misused” by the State Government, she said. Reiterating her demand for the return of 400 acres of land that she alleges was acquired without the consent of their owners for the now re-located Tata Motors’ Nano project in Singur, Ms. Banerjee said that “the State Government has secretly renewed the licence with the Tatas even as it held on to the land in question continuing to deny the peasants their livelihood.”.