West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the CPI(M), the Congress and the BJP of "deliberately delaying" the panchayat election process in the state.
"The CPI(M), Congress and the BJP are three brothers who play one role in New Delhi and another in West Bengal. They are spreading canards and rumours, and mainly doing it to show their faces on television shows," she told reporters here.
The chief minister said the Congress and the CPI(M) must decide on their roles in West Bengal. "In Delhi, you request us to come together and here you talk to the BJP."
She also slammed the BJP, dubbing it as a party that "encourages" rape and violence.
"I do not want to question the BJP, which is a party encouraging rape and violence. The common people of the country have properly identified them (the BJP)," the chief minister said.
Banerjee, who is also the Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief, said that delaying of the panchayat election process has stalled development works in West Bengal, as the model code of conduct is in force.
"If you really believe in the people, then why are you not going in for the elections. You are deliberately delaying the process, putting up various political questions.
"I will not comment about the court's verdict. The state has progressed a lot. But I feel sorry that because the code of conduct is in place, we cannot take any new decision.