Trinamool colluded with Maoists, says Suman

Dissident Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Kabir Suman has dropped a bombshell by alleging that the TMC joined hands with the Maoists to topple the previous Left Front government.

His statement boosts similar claims made by Left Front in the past. The rebel MP said Maoists were an integral part of the Bhumi Uchhed Pratirodh Committee (BUPC) in Nandigram, which had opposed the then Left Front government’s decision to expropriate 10,000 acres of land for a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to be developed by the Indonesian-based Salim Group.

Speaking to some vernacular news channels on Friday, the MP from Jadavpur said: “In West Midnapore, slain Maoist politburo leader Koteshwar Rao, alias Kishenji, told his men and women to hold aloft the flag of the Trinamool Congress and oust the CPM. Agitations at Nandigram, Singur and Lalgarh were responsible for the regime change.”

“What I said is true. It wasn’t just Mamata Banerjee and her Trinamool Congress, but other parties, individuals and the Maoists joined hands to throw Left Front out of power. Even Santosh Rana, a Maoist, and his comrades campaigned for me in Jadavpur (in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls)” Suman said.

The dissident Trinamool Congress MP went on to say that the party would not have won a single seat in West Midnapore without the help of the Maoists.

“Trinamool Congress won eight of the 19 Assembly seats from West Midnapore in 2011 Assembly election. If Kishenji and the Maoists weren’t there, it wouldn’t have won a single seat in West Midnapore,” he said.

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