Amit Shah mocks Left-Congress tie-up in Bengal

Kolkata, March 29 (IANS) BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday described the CPI-M and the Trinamool Congress as two sides of the same coin and ridiculed the Left Front-Congress tie-up for the West Bengal assembly polls.

“The Communist party (CPI-M) and the Trinamool are the two sides of the same coin,” Shah told reporters here.

“You will remember when BJP jumped with all its might in electoral field (for 2014 Lok Sabha elections), Biman Bose went to the state secretariat and ate Didi’s sandesh (sweet),” Shah said, referring to Left Front chairman Biman Bose’s visit to Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in June 2014.

“That time didi (Mamata Banerjee) had said you (Biman Bose) are my friend and our real fight is against the BJP”.

Rubbishing the CPI-M’s allegations of “match fixing” between the BJP and the Trinamool, Shah said his party could never go along with the Trinamool, the communists and the Congress.

“We can never go with any of them, because we can neither support infiltration nor corruption or fear. The BJP is determined to fight against these three,” said Shah.

On the Congress-Left tie-up, Shah asked the Marxists to clarify if their politics was driven only by electoral considerations.

“In Kerala, they are (Congress and Left) are up against each other; in Bengal they are together. So they need to decide whether they want to do politics on the basis of principles or just to win elections,” Shah said.

“At least the communists, who talk about principles, need to clear their stand. In Kerala they are engaged in fighting but here it’s ILU ILU (with Congress),” added Shah, using the Bollywood-inspired initialism for ‘I Love You’.

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