KOLKATA,21st July: Enthused by her party’s landslide victory in the 15th Lok Sabha elections and setting her sights on the forthcoming West Bengal Assembly elections in 2011, Railway Minister and Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee urged party supporters here on Tuesday to adopt a “positive and constructive role to oust the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from State politics in 2011.”
Addressing a mammoth rally in memory of the Youth Congress supporters killed by the police at a protest rally on this day 16 years ago as well as to celebrate the victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Ms. Banerjee said: “The Trinamool Congress is no more a mere opposition party in State politics. Just as in the recent Lok Sabha elections, we have to defeat the CPI(M) in the Assembly elections too… And we will remove them democratically and politically, without any violence.”
Many Trinamool supporters from all over the State congregated at the rally despite the rain. “Let it rain. It will usher in a shower of change in West Bengal,” she told the crowd. She offered homage to the victims of violence during the agitations at Singur and Nandigram.
Virtually kicking off her Assembly election campaign at the rally, she promised to bring about a holistic change in the fields of infrastructure, health, education and employment, if the Trinamool Congress came to power in the State. Ms. Banerjee accused the CPI(M) of stockpiling illegal firearms in several parts of the State for spreading terror and violence and demanded immediate seizure of these arms.
THE HINDU, 22nd July, 2009