We will seize illegal arms if voted to power: Mamata

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“CPI (M) leaders in Hooghly district supplying arms”

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee addressing an election rally in Burdwan district on Tuesday. PHOTO: PTI
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee addressing an election rally in Burdwan district on Tuesday. PHOTO: PTI

Urging people to cast their votes fearlessly without being intimidated by the terror being allegedly spread by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that if elected to power, the alliance government's primary target objective will be to seize all illegal firearms in West Bengal as well as take legal action against those CPI (M) leaders and activists against whom criminal cases were pending.

Addressing an election campaign at Arambagh in the State's Hooghly district where elections are to be held on May 3, Ms. Banerjee claimed to have information about CPI (M) leaders in the district “ruling at gunpoint and supplying arms on bicycles” and a section of the police turning a blind eye to it.

She assured people of adequate security arrangements both on the poll day and in the post-poll period and added that she would request the Election Commission and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram to deploy additional forces in the region to ensure free elections.

The Trinamool Congress has in the past repeatedly alleged CPI (M)-led violence and rampant rigging during elections in the Tarakeshwar, Arambag (SC), Pursurah, Goghat (SC) and Khanakul Assembly constituencies. “All these years the CPI (M) have terrorised people in the region and not allowed them to cast their votes freely. In the Lok Sabha elections too, people were scared to vote freely. But I can assure you that the CPI (M) is not going to be re-elected this time across the State. So rise up against the tyrants or else they will rig the polls, win it and usher in another five years of terror and under-development,” she said.

Sharing the dais with family members of several Trinamool Congress activists who were killed allegedly by the CPI (M) cadres recently, Ms. Banerjee alleged that victims of the Opposition were not allowed to lodge complaints by a section of “politicised” police and are being denied justice.

“The CPI (M) has turned administration into complete maladministration. The Chief Minister has given free licence to armed cadres to create panic. Even Mr. Chidambaram had told yesterday that West Bengal is the worst-governed State. While innocent villagers are being branded Maoists, the CPI (M) maintains friendship with the real Maoists,” she asserted.

Reiterating her attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party as a “fair weather party”, she charged the CPI (M) of partnering with the BJP in order to split anti-incumbency votes. Expressing confidence that the Congress-Trinamool Congress will achieve a majority after the third phase of elections scheduled on Wednesday, Ms. Banerjee said that in the remaining three phases, it would move towards achieving two-third majority.



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