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Buddha questions source of TMC's election funds

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Updated: April 23, 2011, 9:49 AM IST
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Buddha questions source of TMC's election funds
Buddhadeb questioned the source of the "huge amount of money" the TMC has been spending in its election campaign.

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Saturday questioned the source of the "huge amount of money" the Trinamool Congress has been spending in its election campaign and said that the Election Commission has been informed of this.

"The party chief (Mamata Banerjee) speaks of 'ma, mati, manush' (mother, land, people), but uses black money to spend in the election campaign. This is amazing," Bhattacharjee told a CPM election rally in the industrial belt of Bhatpara in North 24-Parganas district.

Making his oft-repeated charge that the TMC has been "banking heavily on black money" to fund its election campaign, the chief minister said, "It is surprising the huge amount of money this party has been spending."

Alleged use of black money dominated the poll campaigns of both the ruling CPM and the main Opposition TMC in different election rallies in the state.

Trinamool Congress on Saturday alleged that CPM MP Ramchandra Dom was caught by villagers at Mohammadbazar village under Sainthia constituency in Birbhum district while he was "distributing sheaves of money" among voters.

"We demand an inquiry by the Election Commission into the use of money power by the CPM MP in Birbhum district. We also question the source of fund of the CPM which has been using black money," TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee said.

First Published: April 23, 2011, 9:49 AM IST
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