The State Committee of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) observed here on Sunday that the ruling Trinamool Congress is resorting to threats and harassments in certain areas ahead of rural polls in the State at a meeting held to discuss the preparations for the elections.

 “Efforts are also on to misuse the police and administration in the interests of the party. Despite the odds, preparations are on in full swing,” stated a press release issued by the CPI(M) State Committee.

 The meeting was held merely two days after the State government announced that the rural polls will be held in two phases in April. It was presided over by CPI(M) Polit Bureau member Nirupam Sen.

 The meeting also discussed the need to translate the people’s “discontent with the Trinamool Congress and the government” into a political advantage for the Left Front in a sustained manner.

 Speaking at the meeting, CPI(M) State Secretary Biman Bose laid special emphasis on the party’s organisational aspects regarding the polls, as well as involving people from various walks of life in the campaign. He also underlined the need to stay connected with the people and pay heed to what the common people have to say, it added.

 “The electoral campaign should be centred on the protection of the rights of the rural people as ensured in the Panchayat system,” the release said.

 The reports from the districts suggested that discussions for seat-sharing with the other constituents of the Left Front have reached the final stages.