Describing the Trinamool Congress campaign for the upcoming civic polls as reminiscent of “the false propaganda of the parties of Hitler and Mussolini,” Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee on Sunday said West Bengal had never seen electioneering sink to such low levels.

Referring to the Trinamool accusations that the Left parties had deliberately set afire Stephen Court on Park Street and that they might trigger riots in Kolkata, he said here, “the question of riots during an election campaign has never been raised before.”

He appealed to people to oppose the “language of the criminal world” that had crept into politics.

Mr. Bhattacharjee said the Trinamool “is breeding a new culture — one of threats, terror and violence.”

Ruling out early Assembly elections, as suggested by Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee in her speeches, he said, “she neither knows nor has read the Constitution….No one other than the State government can propose that elections be held.”

Asked about the inter-party clashes across the State which claimed many lives, Mr. Bhattacharjee said the issue was being dealt with at the administrative level. But at the political level, the Trinamool refused to cooperate with the government in resolving it.

“I have asked them in the past and still appeal to them to come for discussions so that we can identify these areas and resolve the issue…..But the opposition party has taken a unilateral decision to not cooperate with the government.”

“Dark force”

Mr. Bhattacharjee also alleged that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Maoists, right-wing organisations and fundamentalists had formed “a rainbow alliance” with the Trinamool to form “a dark, toxic force” that wanted to wrest power from the Left.

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