Kolkata (Agencies): Addressing a massive Left Front rally here on Sunday, Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said that "Foreign forces" have joined hands with opposition parties in West Bengal to overthrow the state government .

Kicking off a virtual campaign for the Assembly polls due in three months, Bhattacharjee alleged that "foreign forces" along with the Congress, Trinamool Congress and Maoists had
ganged up against his government.

"Who is wanting 'parivartan' (change)? You should know a group of foreign forces are behind this move and are working with Congress, Trinamool Congress and Maoists. The BJP and Jharkhand Party are also behind it," Bhattacherjee told the rally at the Brigade Parade Ground.

The CM said these foreign powers had worked before and are working now in different countries to see that red flags do not flutter any more. "They are afraid of red flags. We are warning these foreign forces not to meddle into the affairs of our state."

With the CPI-M and other Left partners pulling out all stops to convert the rally against price rise and other issues into a show of strength ahead of the crucial Assembly polls, all major roads in the city were clogged with supporters from different parts of the city and other districts making their way to the Maidan since this morning.

He said that challenge was not only from a combined opposition of the Trinamool Congress and the Congress, but also from Maoists.

"What is more worrisome is the Trinamool-Maoist nexus which is spreading to more districts. They are killing people and destablising the state's economy," Bhattacherjee said.

He, however, cautioned party cadres against behaving arrogantly which, he observed, had led to resentment among people.

The Left Front, which has lost much electoral ground since the last panchayat elections in 2008 followed by the Lok Sabha polls in 2009, pitched hard to show its pro-poor image
with most leaders, including Bhattacharjee, devoting much of their speeches to claims of a lot of schemes for the poor.

Admitting that his government had made "some mistakes", Bhattacherjee said, "We are rectifying them. We will win the elections."

Referring to the issue of industrialisation and land acquisition, he said his government wanted to set up industry in Singur and Nandigram.

"My government wants industry, but is keen to avoid trouble," he said without naming Trinamool Congress which spearheaded the Singur and Nandigram agitations.

Bhattacharjee also took a swipe at the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, saying it was mired in corruption and scams.

CPI-M state Secretary Biman Bose took a dig at the media for trying to link the dictatorial rule of ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak with the Left Front rule suggesting it would also meet the same fate.

"We extend our red salute to the people of Egypt for ending the dictatorial rule of Hosni Mubarak. But it is unfortunate that the West Bengal Left Front rule is also being connected with that in a section of the press. In West Bengal there is democracy and no dictatorial regime. So comparison does not arise," he observed.

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee described the rally as the Left Front's 'farewell meeting' and said the 'corrupt' government was on its way out.

The rally was the left Front's last-ditch attempt to supply oxygen to a dying entity, Banerjee said and predicted, "This will prove to be a grand failure."