CPI-M accuses Mamata of not being serious on communalism

Banerjee said contrary to its high hopes, the next general elections in 2019 would not be a cakewalk for the BJP.

Published: 21st July 2017 09:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st July 2017 10:56 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

KOLKATA: West Bengal CPI(M) secretary Surya Kanta Mishra today accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of not being serious in fighting communalism in the state .     

"What she said today, we have been saying this for last several years. But the difference is she is not at all serious about fighting communalism. Earlier also we have seen her compromising with communal forces. We have been fighting against BJP for last several years," Mishra said.     

Mishra also refuted allegations by Banerjee that Left legislators have cross voted in favour of BJP's presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind.     

"She also knows that it was her party MLAs who had voted in favour of BJP. She is trying to put the blame on others," Mishra said.     

The ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposition Congress and CPI(M) yesterday engaged in a blame game over cross voting that took place in West Bengal during the presidential poll, with the opposition accusing the TMC of covertly helping the BJP.     

President-elect Ram Nath Kovind, who was supposed to get votes of six MLAs of the West Bengal Assembly - three of GJM and three of BJP - got votes of 11 MLAs which has kicked off a debate among political parties here. 

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