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Some Political Parties Trying To Get Me Assassinated, Says Mamata Banerjee

Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said some political parties were trying to get her assassinated. "But I'm not scared," the Trinamool Congress president said, declaring that she had already readied her "political will" on who should lead the party in her absence.

Ms Banerjee, who had founded the ruling Trinamool Congress back in the late nineties to eject the Left parties from the driving seat in Bengal, made the startling revelation in an interview to a Bengali television channel "Zee 24 Ghanta'.

A senior Trinamool Congress leader later confirmed that a probe was indeed on into the issue. It was, however, not possible to get a comment from top officers in the state police.

Ms Banerjee, 63, said she was aware that the people contracted to assassinate her had recced her house.

"I have the information. I am in administration. Investigation is on," she said, pointing that the police had advised her to shift out to a secure government bungalow.

"Some political parties - I am not naming them - are trying to get me killed. They have given a supari (contract) to kill me... they have even paid the money," the chief minister said on Friday evening.

Ms Banerjee lives in her very modest home she had occupied from before she became chief minister. Securing her in the single-storey house on south Kolkata's Harish Chatterjee Street has long been considered a security challenge by the police.

It is flanked by Tolly Nullah, or the canal on one side. On the other three, is a sprawl of middleclass homes.

Ms Banerjee said she had a "political will" in place that would ensure her party would not fall apart after her.

It is, what the chief minister described as, her "emergency plan" that she had devised.

"In my absence, who will run my party, who will run the government, that's all written down. I have an emergency plan in place," the chief minister said.

Ms Banerjee, who insisted that the information hadn't scared her, said a conspiracy had been "hatched earlier too to kill me". She didn't elaborate but the statement is seen as a reference to the attack on her when a CPM youth wing leader Lalu Alam allegedly hit Ms Banerjee on her head with a stick in 1990. Ms Banerjee, then a Congress leader, suffered a skull fracture and was in hospital for a month.

Lalu Alam, who was expelled from the CPM, faces an attempt to murder case. The trial in this case started only recently.

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