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Mamata Renews Demand For Advancing WB Assembly Polls

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday in Kolkata said she was against imposition of President's rule in West Bengal but reiterated her demand for advancing the May 2011 assembly elections.  "I would have made
PTI May 14, 2010 22:39 IST
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Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Friday in Kolkata said she was against imposition of President's rule in West Bengal but reiterated her demand for advancing the May 2011 assembly elections.  "I would have made a demand for applying Article 356 to remove the Left Front government immediately after the Lok Sabha elections (when the Left Front fared poorly), but did not,"

 Banerjee told a party rally for the May 30 civic polls.  "I am against application of Article 356 to remove a government, but the Left Front government's days are numbered anyway," she said. 

Banerjee said she had not made any unjustified demand by seeking early Assembly elections in October instead of scheduled May, 2011, as polls would be held in many states by October.  Daring Left Front Chairman Biman Bose for ridiculing her demand, she said "I am afraid that CPI(M) leaders are not aware of constitutional provisions."  The Trinamool supremo, who kicked off the election campaign for civic polls in south Kolkata alleged that the CPI(M) was plotting violence during the civic elections here.  "I won't allow bloodshed in the city and warn the CPI(M) not to play with fire," the Trinamool leader said. PTI