WB Panchayat Polls: Chief Minister Breaks Her Silence


Kolkata: Elaborating on the ongoing trouble and violence before the forthcoming Panchayat polls, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that an unholy nexus has been formed that is misinforming people in connivance with a vernacular daily.

“The major Opposition parties have filed 74,000 nominations in 58,000 seats. If Independents and others are considered, the total number would reach 90,000. How can they say that they are being prevented from filing nominations?” Mamata asked.

“Out of 58,000-odd booths where the nomination process went on, there have been only seven instances of problems,” she said.The final tally on total number of uncontested seats – out of over 58,000 seats – is yet to be announced by the poll panel.

According to her, the BJP organised people from Dumka in Jharkhand to create problems in Mohammedbazar in Birbhum while the trouble in Nalhati, also in the same district, was fabricated.

“In Bankura, our party leaders went and met Basudeb-babu (Acharia) with flowers,” said Mamata, referring to the incident in which the nine-time CPM MP was assaulted by alleged Trinamul supporters.

In Mohammadbazar, the BJP had brought in people from Jharkhand. In Bankura, veteran CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharya was injured. In Sandeshkhali, a Trinamool Congress worker was killed while in Sashan in North 24-Parganas, a party leader was murdered on Wednesday evening.

In Murshidabad, there were incidents of violence and in Birbhum’s Nalhati, a vernacular daily had created a hype, trying to influence people.

The Chief Minister said no incidents of violence were reported from East and West Burdwan, North Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Malda and Nadia. She alleged that the BJP was trying to mislead people and are “spending money to publish false news just to create hype. I do not know whether it is BJP’s paid news or not.”