Kolkata: Widespread violence hit the West Bengal panchayat polls on Monday, leaving at least fourteen people dead and 43 injured, according to reports.
The pre-poll clashes between the supporters of Trimool Congress and opposition parties took over several areas in the state, including North and South 24 Parganas, Nadia, Murshidabad and South Dinajpur districts, even after having massive security arrangements.
CPI-M general secretary, Sitaram Yechury stated that democracy had been destroyed in the state following the violent acts that broke out during the panchayat elections on Monday.
Yechury said, “This is nothing but complete destruction of democracy. Election Commission not giving time to political representative. We are organizing a protest against it.”
“Those who managed to file nominations were under pressure to withdraw. Now after the results, the winning candidates from opposition parties will be pressured to shift their allegiance to TMC, else they would be physically eliminated,” he said.
Yechury says, “Our party stands in solidarity with reporters who are doing their job honestly and bringing out the realities from ground. Our party will do whatever it can to safeguard them”.
“The media will show what is caught on camera. It is not over exaggerating anything. We admire the courage of journalists,” he added.