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Pro-poor Third Front only alternative: Buddhadeb

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— Photo: PTI/ Swapan Mahapatra

Sharing a lighter moment: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee with magician P.C. Sorcar (Junior) at an election rally in Kolkata on Sunday.

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee has asked people to vote for the Third Front as it was the only alternative committed to pro-poor policies unlike the Congress and the BJP.

Addressing a rally here on Sunday in support of CPI(M) candidate Rabin Deb for the Kolkata Dakshin constituency, Mr. Bhattacharjee said: “We want a government that will work for the poor, farmers, working class and lower middle class sections … Only we can do it, neither the Congress nor the BJP.”

Senior CPI(M) leaders Biman Bose and Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar, along with actors, musicians and sportspersons, participated in a three-km long procession before the rally. Though Mr. Bhattacharjee was scheduled to join the procession, due to security reasons he arrived directly at the rally venue.

The Chief Minister said: “The Congress has nothing left to offer to the people, and the BJP is dangerous. As for the Trinamool Congress, it is difficult to understand if it is fighting the Lok Sabha election or an Assembly election.”

“Policy first, PM later”

On the criticism by Congress and BJP leaders that the Third Front did not have a prime ministerial candidate, Mr. Bhattacharjee said its stand was “policy first, Prime Minister later.” The front had many capable leaders for the top job.

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