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TMC, Left-Congress alliance confident of winning Bengal election


Bihar panchayat pollsGaya: Voters stand in queue to cast votes during the first phase of Panchayat polls in Gaya on Sunday. PTI Photo (PTI4_24_2016_000206B)

Kolkata: A day before West Bengal goes to the sixth and last phase of Assembly elections, the main contenders – Trinamool Congress and Left-Congress alliance – today sounded confident of forming the next government.

Senior TMC leader Mukul Roy rubbished speculation of his party doing badly in the poll, saying he was “relaxed”, while CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said the state would witness a ‘parivartan’ (change).

“I am relaxed. We will form the government under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee,” Mukul Roy said adding everyone was well-aware that “our Chief Minister is coming back to power”.

Roy refused to comment on the Election Commission’s decision to transfer several officers in the state, saying he would speak only after tomorrow.

CPI-M state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra also exuded confidence that the alliance will win in the elections and said that the state was going through a phase of ‘parivartan’ (change).

“Ours is an alliance of the people. They prepared the alliance,” he told a TV channel. Mishra, the Opposition leader in the outgoing state Assembly, said that on being voted to power they would take action against the accused in the Saradha chit fund scam, ‘Narada sting operation’ and other cases of corruption.

The alliance would also act against those involved in post-poll violence, he said and accused the ruling TMC of it. “Whatever is happening is at the behest of the ruling party,” he alleged.

On measures being taken by the Election Commission to ensure a free and fair poll, he claimed that many of their complaints had not been addressed.

“We are not dependent on anyone. We are relying on voters,” Mishra said.