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Mamata Announces Candidates For All 141 KMC Seats

Ruling out any seat adjustment with the Congress in the coming civic polls in West Bengal, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday in Kolkata announced candidates for all 141 seats in the KMC elections, saying
PTI May 02, 2010 21:59 IST
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Ruling out any seat adjustment with the Congress in the coming civic polls in West Bengal, Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee on Sunday in Kolkata announced candidates for all 141 seats in the KMC elections, saying in war, there can be no friendly fight.

"Those who are giving oxygen to the CPI(M) here, we will not leave an inch to them," Banerjee told a news conference releasing the list of candidates for Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls, to be held on May 30 along with 81 other municipal bodies in the state.

Squarely blaming the Congress, its UPA ally, for the collapse of the alliance for the civic polls, she said, "Despite their refusal to leave a single seat to us in Murshidabad (a Congress stronghold), we gave them 25 here."

WBPCC yesterday announced candidates for 88 seats following clearance from the party high command, deciding to go it alone after Trinamool Congress offered them only 25 wards against their demand for 51, including the ones they had come first or second in the last KMC polls in 2005.

To a question, Banerjee, who has single-handedly upstaged CPI(M)-led Left Front from all south Bengal seats including the metropolis in the last Lok Sabha elections, said, "There is no question of a friendly fight (against Congress). In war, the term (friendly fight) does not exist."