Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee appealed to all political parties to maintain their cool during the upcoming Panchayat election and conduct it peacefully. She was speaking at an interview to a vernacular television channel on Friday evening.
“We are against any political violence and murder. Fourteen of my party workers have been killed in the pre-poll violence. I appeal to all political parties to maintain peace on the day of election,” she said.
Banerjee also said she has asked the police to arrest Arabul Islam for his alleged involvement in violence. “If there is any violence, I should take action against my own man as well,” she remarked. Coming down on CPI-M and BJP, she said the parties have joined together as both of them have some common beliefs.
“The Communists are against religion, while BJP flexes muscle and misinterprets religion. Both have religion as the common factor,” she said, adding that the “harmads” of CPI-M have joined BJP and are trying to create trouble in different areas.