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CPI(M) rally is its last farewell reception: Mamata

Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee described the massive rally here on Sunday that marked the launch of the Left Front's campaign for the coming Assembly polls as “its farewell reception.”

“This government is on its way out after 35 years. It was the CPI(M)'s last farewell meeting,” Ms. Banerjee said, referring to the Left Front rally at the Brigade Parade grounds shortly after it got over.

Egypt analogy

Using the public uprising in Egypt that led to the departure of Hosni Mubarak from power two days ago as an analogy, she said: “It took 30 years [for Mr. Mubarak's departure] in Egypt as there was a dictatorship there. It is taking us five more years [35 years of Left Front rule] here as this is a democracy.”

“We could have achieved what has been done in Egypt a long time ago but did not as we have faith in democracy even though they [the Left Front] have destroyed the democratic system here. It is our responsibility to restore it,” the Trinamool Congress leader said.

Misuse of public money

On the Left Front rally (nearly 10 lakh according to police estimates), she said: “Any political party can hold rallies. Such shows of strength are expected of political parties…We can hold such rallies every day but do not do so considering the huge misuse of money.”

The new government which would be led by the Trinamool would be taking its oath at the same venue, she vowed.

‘LF corrupt'

Ms. Banerjee reiterated her charge of the Left Front being corrupt. “It is guilty of one corrupt practice after another but criticises the Centre of being corrupt. If the Centre is corrupt, it will not be able to escape from it. Any corruption is bad,” she said.

Accusing the Left Front government of “somehow surviving,” she described the rally as an occasion where “oxygen is being provided to the dead.”

“Those who have a chance of survival must be brought back to health. But what is the point of giving oxygen to those who are not living? This is a case of the doctor arriving after one's death,” she added.

Flays claim

Ridiculing the claim that the rally was part of a programme to reinforce ‘Leftism,' Ms. Banerjee said that the only programme the Left Front adhered to was ‘harmad-ism' and it had become a ‘harmad' government. The rally “was a farewell reception for these ‘harmads,'” she emphasised.

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