West Bengal Panchayat Election: CPI-M stage protest outside State Election Commission

CPI-M Protest

West Bengal, May 14: Members of CPI(M), Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) and other parties of the Left Front on Monday staged a protest outside the State Election Commission against the incidents of violence during the Panchayat Election.

Addressing media, CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury described the incident as the complete destruction of democracy.

“Election Commission not giving time to political representative. We are organizing a protest against it”, he said.

“Jo camera mein aayega wohi toh media dikhayega. Media zyada nahi dikha raha hai. We admire the courage of journalists”, Yechury added.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) leader Biman Bose told media that “Election has turned into a commotion because no rules were followed. Police could not strengthen the security. That is why we have come here to speak to the poll panel to find a solution”.

Incidents of clashes and booth capturing were reported from pockets of South 24 Parganas, Durgapur, West Midnapore and Cooch Behar districts.

At least six people were reportedly killed during polling as violence and clashes between supporters of different parties.

The election is being held after weeks of bitter legal battles and is the last major poll in the state ahead of upcoming general elections 2019.

According to the Statistics reveal that of the total 58,692 seats in the three tiers of rural local bodies, 20,076 seats or 34.2 percent have already been decided uncontested, with the Trinamool bagging a whopping proportion of these seats.

These seats include 16,814 of the total 48,650 panchayats, 3,059 of the total 9,217 panchayat samitis and 203 of the total 825 zila parishads.


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