CPI(M) Urges EC To Take Action

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Kolkata: CPI(M) has urged the Election Commission (EC) to ensure security to stop “post-poll violence” in the state and alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress has “unleased a reign of terror” on its workers.

“There has been widespread appreciation both among the people and the media for the manner in which the polls were conducted in the fifth phase on April 30 … But the post-poll violence continues unabated, even leading to fatalities,” CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said in a letter to the EC.

“A most obnoxious feature of these post-poll violence is that even children of the family are not being spared for their elders having gone to polling booths to exercise their franchise, despite threats by the miscreants of the ruling party. The earlier pattern of violence being directed to opposition polling agents also continue,” the letter said.

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The party said the abrupt withdrawal of the Central Armed Police Force on the completion of polling is being utilised by the attackers and therefore some post-poll security management planning was needed.

“Since the interregnum between the final phase of polling and the counting of votes is almost two weeks, special measures need to be planned and implemented,” the letter said.

The CPI(M) state leadership has accused the TMC of letting loose a reign of terror on CPI(M) workers and their family members after the polls.

TMC has, however, denied the allegations.