Rajnath soft on Mamata

Our Special Correspondent

Calcutta, March 11: BJP president Rajnath Singh today said chief minister Mamata Banerjee's performance should be assessed only after her government completed its five-year term, the comments coming minutes after the party's Bengal chief spoke of the "anarchy" before the rural polls.

"Mamata Banerjee has completed just close to two years. The Left ruled Bengal for 34 years and before that, the Congress was at the helm. So, she (Mamata) should be allowed to complete her (five-year) tenure before her performance is assessed," Singh said, addressing a panchayati raj convention in Calcutta today.

Earlier at the same venue at Mahajati Sadan, the BJP's state chief Rahul Sinha said "anarchy" prevailed in the state under the Trinamul government. "Anarchy is everywhere in Bengal. People are being terrorised before the panchayat polls," Sinha said, with Singh looking the other way.

Singh rallied behind Mamata for her demand for a special package from the Centre to bail out the debt-ridden state. "We call upon the Centre to grant a special package for Bengal," he said.

Later, asked if there was a possibility of an electoral tie-up with Trinamul before the Lok Sabha polls, Singh said: "No proposal regarding a tie-up with Mamataji has come before us. This is not under consideration at this moment."

The BJP chief, asked about Sinha's comments on anarchy in the state, said: "Law and order has to be improved."

A Trinamul MP appreciated Singh for backing Mamata's demand for a special central package but said: "No comments on alliance at this juncture."