CPI(M) dismisses Mamata Banerjee's suggestion of talks with Left

Written by PTI | Kolkata | Updated: Sep 1 2014, 02:25am hrs
The CPI(M) today fended off Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee's suggestion that talks could be held with Left parties, saying there was no question of dialogue with the ruling party and that the only place of meeting would be on the political battlefield.

"Trinamool Congress is totally a party of anti-socials. There is no question of talks with them," former state chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here.

"We will meet only on the streets of political battle," Bhattacharjee, a CPI(M) politburo member, said at a party programme here.

Left Front chairman and CPI(M) politburo member Biman Bose too echoed Bhattacharjee in asserting "we will meet Trinamool Congress only on the field of (political) battle".

Asked about the tie-up of bitter foes Lalu-Nitish to stop BJP in Bihar, Mamata Banerjee had on Friday told a vernacular news channel, "If such a situation arose in Bengal, we will think over. I still think nobody is untouchable. We had tie-up with SUCI once. We also had tie-up with some other smaller parties. If anybody comes forward, we can talk. In a democracy, nobody should shut the door for talks. No option should be closed."

Asked if she was ready to join hands with the CPI(M), Banerjee replied, "I did not say that. I only said if any proposal comes, we will discuss in our party."

"Will the Left hold talks with Trinamool, a party of antisocials There is no question of that," Bhattacharjee said at the meeting to observe Martyrs' Day.

"Everything has taken a downturn during its rule, including law and order, industries, art and culture," the former chief minister said.

"West Bengal has gone back by 10 years in industrialisation," Bhattacharjee said about the Trinamool Congress rule since May 2011.

In a bid to prove his point, Bhattacharjee claimed that electricity consumption was going down every month, which was an indicator of industrial health.

He further claimed that rice and potato prices have doubled since 2011 in the state.

Biman Bose said that it did not matter what the Trinamool Congress leadership said.

"Trinamool practises soft communalism, it has no history of fighting communal forces against which the Left has always stood," Bose said.