Congress, CPI-M not part of INDIA bloc in Bengal: Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata :  Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee claimed on Friday that the Congress and the CPI-M are not constituents of the opposition INDIA bloc in Bengal.

“In Bengal, the Congress and the CPI-M are clandestine partners of the BJP. They are not the constituents of the INDIA bloc in the state. So do not vote for them in West Bengal, as that will mean helping the BJP indirectly, ” the Chief Minister said while addressing an election rally in Murshidabad.

She also launched a scathing attack against the Election Commission of India (ECI) for the latter’s emphasis on the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) over the state police.

“How can you conduct the polls by totally discarding the state police? Is this a ploy to ensure that people don’t vote freely, ” the Chief Minister questioned.

She also explained why she is against the implementation of the Centre’s Ayushman Bharat scheme.

“There are lots of restrictions on availing the benefits of this Central scheme. Even the owner of a two-wheeler cannot avail of its benefits. We want the scheme to be for all, ” the Chief Minister said.