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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Mamata Banerjee not to contest West Bengal's Assembly polls

Kolkata, 2 March : Trinamool Congress chief and Indian Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday said she will not contest the coming West Bengal assembly polls as she will be concentrating on campaigning.
Mamata, a top contender for the chief minister's post, said if her party comes to power, she can always become a member of the state assembly within six months. "I will not contest the elections. If my party comes to power, I will carry out my responsibilities. There is a constitutional provision to win a by-election within six months of taking charge. There is the example of (Bihar chief minister) Nitish Kumar. He also had not contested the assembly polls," Mamata told reporters at her residence in south Kolkata's Kalighat before leaving for Delhi. "Instead of confining myself to any particular constituency, I consider all the 294 assembly constituencies as mine," she said.
Polling for the 294-member West Bengal assembly will be spread over six phases - 18, 23 and 27 April and 3, 7 and 10 May.