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CPI-M lacked spirit to resist BJP in Tripura polls: Mamata


Press Trust of India Kolkata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said the ruling CPI(M) in Tripura had never shown any seriousness to resist the saffron party in that state.

Instead of challenging the BJP in Tripura, the CPI(M) is busy opposing the Trinamool Congress (TMC) in West Bengal, she said.

Had there been any seriousness on its part, the CPI(M) which is the ruling party in Tripura, could have received cooperation from the TMC, even though the latter was not that strong in that state, Banerjee said in the West Bengal Assembly while countering the Left party's strong opposition to the West Bengal Official Language (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018.

The TMC supremo alleged that the Left party "left space" for the BJP in Tripura.

Both the CPI(M) and the BJP looked similar in their attitude during the recent assembly election in Tripura, Banerjee claimed, adding the ruling party in Tripura had never shown the spirit to fight the saffron party.

The CPI(M) lacked confidence and spirit to fight the BJP, which helped the saffron party improve its position gradually with the help of its central leadership and administration, she said.

Banerjee asked how could the CPI(M), which "failed to protect itself", criticise the TMC government in West Bengal and said that the "arrogance" of its leaders has finished the Left party politically.

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First Published: Feb 28 2018 | 11:20 PM IST

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