Accusing the Trinamool Congress of violating the Constitution and the judiciary during the ongoing panchayat polls in the State, a delegation of the Left Front sought the intervention of the State Election Commission (SEC) on Saturday to ensure that the ruling party’s motorcycle brigades do not operate and intimidate the voters.

Biman Bose, State CPI(M) secretary, also wrote to the SEC saying that deployment of forces, especially in sensitive areas in Jangalmahal, was inadequate and the experience during the first phase was a matter of concern for the people.

“What the Trinamool Congress is doing is unconstitutional and dangerous to democracy. They are defying the SEC and orders passed by the Supreme Court and the Calcutta High Court,” Rabin Deb, State Secretariat member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) who led the delegation said.

Despite a clamp down on motorcycle brigades by the poll panel, and the Calcutta High Court also issuing directions on similar lines, the State government did not act to ensure that the activists of the ruling party refrain from such activities, Mr. Deb said.

 He said such brigades are active at Arambag in Hooghly, Asansol in Bardhaman and at Patrasayar in Birbhum district – areas that are yet to go to polls

 Mr. Deb also accused the motorcycle brigades of spreading terror during the first phase of polls in Paschim Medinipur district. Two other Jangalamahal districts also went to polls in this phase.

 The Left Front delegation also accused certain officials, including the Block Development Officer of Singur in the State’s Hooghly district, of behaving in a partisan manner.

The delegation’s visit assumes significance as it comes at a time when the Calcutta High Court has sought clarifications from the State government on why its directive on ensuring adequate security during the campaign and the elections was not implemented.


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