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Conspiracy on to kill me: Mamata

Statesman News Service | Kolkata |

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee claimed that one political party has hired a contract (supari) killer to kill her. The party has also paid money to the contract killer in advance for the assignment.

While giving an interview to a Bengali news channel, the chief minister said: “One political party has hired a ‘suparikiller’ to kill me. It has also paid money as an advance for the assignment.

“The killer has already made a recci at my Kalighat residence before the operation.” Miss Banerjee also said that police have already alerted her about the political party’s blueprint to murder her.

“Police have already alerted me and advised me to shift elsewhere leaving Kalighat for security ground. Earlier, similar move to kill me was planned,” the Trinamool Congress chief said.

“But I am not afraid of death. People who are afraid of fight also fear to die. But I have prepared a political will where everything has been decided on who will rule the state and who will lead our party in my absence,” she said during an interview for two hours.

But she did’t divulge the names whom she will handover the leadership of the party and the state. Hardly two days ahead of the panchayat polls, which is scheduled on 14 May in the state, the chief minister’s explosive claim is significant, felt some political analysts in the city.

They felt that this might be a political gameplan of the Trinamul supremo to move the sentiments of the voters for her party in the rural polls. She also ruled out the Oppositions’ allegations of pre-poll violence unleashed by the Trinamul men across districts.

“There had been hardly seven incidents of violence in the state but a section of media is playing up in a big way. There are so many seats in the state where my party candidates could not also file nominations. But nobody is saying anything on this,” she said.

“How did the Oppositions’ 96000 candidates file nominations at a time when they are alleging about violence unleashed by our party? Who killed 14 Trinamul men during this period? The Oppositions’ only strategy is to move the court instead of fighting us politically. They had a plan to postpone the rural polls this time,” she alleged.

“CPI-M, BJP and Congress are united and moving the court against the polls because all the three has made a political equation. They have no political ideology. Rahul Sinha, BJP leader, brought a serious allegation against us saying our party leaders are giving death threat calls to state election commissioner. But the commissioner himself denied the charge claiming that he had received any such threat calls from anybody,” the chief minister said during the interview.

She again admitted that her former counterpart, Mr Buddhadeb Bhattacharya, is a true communist. While expressing her assessment on Mr Bhattacharya, she said: “He is a true communist though he had a bad time after 2006 because of some unrest in Nandigram. He still believes in Left ideology and he thinks that they should fight against RSS and BJP. But some of his party leaders are joing hands with the BJP.”