KOLKATA, 27 JUNE : Chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee made an allegation at a panchayat poll campaign rally in Midnapore today, saying that the CPI-M had paid several lakhs of rupees to the BJP’s district leadership in the last Assembly election so that it fielded a dummy candidate at the Narayangarh constituency from where CPI-M leader Dr Suryakanta Mishra contested.
Brandishing a purported document in which the BJP functionary had acknowledged the receipt of the money, Miss Banerjee said the "deal" had been struck so as to ensure Dr Mishra’s victory by transferring BJP votes in his favour.
"I have stated so many times before that the CPI-M was in the habit of paying our rival parties to put up dummy candidates so as to ensure that some of the anti-Left votes were not cast for our candidates. Beware of this game, which will be repeated in the coming rural poll as well and here is the evidence," the chief minister told the rally.
The BJP state president, Rahul Sinha, rubbished the allegation and said the party would first examine the veracity of the chief minister’s claim. "If needed, we will move court against this preposterous and slanderous allegation," he said.
Mr Sinha said a similar purported receipt of the BJP district functionary had been published by a Hindi daily; the daily later reported that further inquiries had revealed that there was no authenticity to the ‘receipt’. sns