Alleging that the Congress-CPI (M) nexus for area domination led to violence during the fourth phase of the West Bengal panchayat elections, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday warned that they would face “horrendous” time.
“Those fighting for area domination using bombs and guns should know that horrendous times are ahead for them. The law will not spare them. Leaders providing incitement with bombs should remember Bengal has no place for miscreants”, she told a panchayat election meeting in Jalpaiguri district.
Ms. Banerjee claimed there was no “firing and throwing of bombs” in the first three phases of the polls in nine south Bengal districts, considered to be Trinamool strongholds.
Six persons, including a woman, were killed and 18 others injured on Monday in widespread violence and CRPF firing in the fourth phase of panchayat elections covering Malda, Murshidabad, Birbhum and Nadia districts.
“Whatever is happening is the fallout of Congress-CPI (M) understanding and the game for capturing panchayats”, Ms. Banerjee alleged.
She also indirectly blamed the State Election Commission for the violence by not accepting her stand for a single-phase poll.
“If there was a one-day polling, I would not have allowed this to happen. We did not conduct the elections. The elections were conducted by the State Election Commission. Whatever they said, we have accepted”, Ms. Banerjee said.