Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress today alleged that the Raj Bhavan was working “like a wing of a political party” regarding allegations that the ruling party’s workers were preventing opposition candidates from filing nominations for next month’s panchayat polls in West Bengal.
Demanding that the State Election Commission (SEC) be allowed to work independently, TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said, “The way the Raj Bhavan is functioning unilaterally on one-sided information without taking into account the views of others, it seems as if it is working as the wing of a political party.”
Chatterjee, who is also the state education minister, alleged that it is the BJP which is creating trouble and then taking refuge in the Raj Bhavan. Accusing the saffron party of giving a one-sided picture of the happenings in the state to the governor, he said, “We (TMC) will also seek to meet the governor, possibly tomorrow itself and tell him that those indulging in violence and rioting are claiming innocence and blaming others.”
State Election Commissioner A K Singh met the governor this morning and briefed him about the upcoming panchayat elections. The governor also summoned the state chief secretary who met him separately. Chatterjee claimed that there was no truth in the opposition’s allegations of widespread violence in the districts by TMC supporters.
The opposition parties and independents together have filed more nominations than the ruling party, he said and alleged that the opposition and a section of the media were trying to create a picture that all hell has broken loose in the state.
He said while 1,614 Trinamool candidates have filed nominations for the three-tier panchayat polls due in May, the BJP has filed 1,143 nominations. The CPI(M) has filed 351 nominations so far and the Congress has filed 127 nominations, while nearly 200 independents have also filed their papers for the polls.
“The numbers itself belie the allegations that TMC has prevented opposition candidates from filing nominations,” Chatterjee said.