Gaighata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee and the head of the All India Matua Mahasabha, which has 1.2 crore members spread across 74 Assembly constituencies in West Bengal, on Saturday shared the dias at an election rally.
The Matua Mahasabha supremo 92-year-old Binapani Devi's son Manjulkrishna Thakur is contesting on a Trinamool Congress ticket from Gaighata (SC) constituency in North 24 Parganas district where polling would be held in third phase on 27 April.
Mamata was appointed the chief patron of the All India Matua Mahasabha in 2010.
Mamata said if the Trinamool Congress and Congress alliance was voted to power it would create 10 lakh jobs. She urged the people not to caste their votes for the CPM and BJP which she alleged had joined hands to split the votes.
Matuas, who are scheduled castes or scheduled rribes, live in eight districts Howrah, the two 24-Parganas, Nadia, Malda, Cooch Behar, South Dinajpur and North Dinajpur.