Ananya Dutta

KOLKATA: Constituents of the ruling Left Front in West Bengal on Friday dismissed Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee's claim that early elections will be held in West Bengal if her party wins a majority of the civic bodies that go to polls on May 30 as “unconstitutional.”

“Anybody who knows the basics of politics will know that according to the provisions of the Constitution, if elections are to be held in 2011, they will be held in 2011. This does not depend on anyone's personal whims and fancy,” said West Bengal Left Front Committee chairman Biman Bose.

Ruling out the possibility of early elections, Mr. Bose, who is also the secretary of the State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), asked, “How can elections be held in October?”

“We are very aggrieved to see that a Central Minister of a very important department doesn't know about the Constitution or care about the Supreme Court verdict on this matter. She (Ms. Banerjee) has far exceeded her authority,” said Manoj Bhattacharya, senior leader of the Revolutionist Socialist Party.

“Mamata Banerjee has repeatedly made the demand for early elections in the State ever since the results of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections as she believes that it will help her in becoming the Chief Minister. This time she has made this demand only to mislead the people and try to gather more votes,” said veteran All India Forward Bloc leader Ashok Ghosh.

“We are confident that the politically conscious masses of West Bengal will not be fooled by her attempt to mislead them,” Mr. Ghosh added.

“From Ms. Banerjee's remarks it is clear that the Congress and its breakaway party, the Trinamool Congress, have never believed in democratic processes. Their misuse of Article 356 to dislodge a democratically-elected government is a historic fact,” said Manju Kumar Majumdar, State Secretary of the Communist Party of India.

“The Congress had forcibly removed the E.M.S. Namboodiripad government in Kerala as far back as 1957,” he said, adding that the people would outright reject Ms. Banerjee if such a situation arises.