Bengal Continues To Bleed In Assembly Polls


Sarnavo Das

The bloodbath continues to rattle Bengal in the ongoing Assembly Polls. Bengal continues to bleed with murder, bombing, and all kinds of violence. For 34 years, Left front government crippled the law and order administration to sweep one assembly polls after another to stay in power.

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TMC is following their predecessor to retain their grip on the state. After the violent initial phases, people thought Election Commission would learn a lesson to conduct peaceful election in phase 3 today, but it couldn’t avert violence. Today, 62 constituencies went into polls in Kolkata, Murshidabad, Burdwan and Nadia.

People especially in Kolkata—the urban electorate was happy when they saw Rajiv Kumar was removed by EC from poll duties as Kolkata Police Commissioner. But, from early morning—both TMC and the opposition went all out to grab votes.

Early morning, a CPIM worker, Tahidul Islam was shot dead allegedly by TMC workers in Domkol. Fierce battle occurred between TMC and the alliance—left and Congress workers. Both sides started to instill a fear psychosis among the voters, where they’re powerful as far as the organization is concerned.

Even, a CPIM worker’s ears were chopped off, limbs broken by TMC workers in Ketugram. Maximum complaints were filed against TMC, the ruling party, which got full support of the state machinery. Central forces tried their best, but eventually gave up.

Beliaghata, Cossipore, Domkal, Raina, Mangalkote, Gayeshpur—literally from all constituencies complaints started pouring in. Left and Congress have lambasted the EC claiming the polls a farce, Central Minister of State for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Babul Supriyo lost his cool in a tussle with TMC workers; which led him chase a miscreant like a real-life hero.

A total of 2,777 complaints came to EC, which is a record; but the question may arise those who’re responsible for this mayhem, who’re they? Undoubtedly, left is encountering a boomerang, which was hitherto troubled Mamata. The Criminals, toughs and strongmen, all who were with left, have now changed their jersey shunning red to wear green. Due to this violence and heat many stayed away from voting to save their lives.

It’s heartening that no more bloodbath were reported, situation could’ve been worse; EC has to take more measures to ensure free and fair polls in remaining phases.