Special Correspondent

KOLKATA: The State leadership of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) believes that the most important political responsibility of the party in the upcoming civic polls across West Bengal is to ensure the protection of the democratic rights of the people and to safeguard the democratic atmosphere in the State.

Even though the Trinamool Congress and other forces of anarchy were trying to vitiate the democratic atmosphere by creating lawlessness and terror the people's resentment, protest and resistance against such designs has been growing over the past few months, according to Biman Bose, Secretary of the West Bengal State Committee of the CPI(M).

There is a need to intensify the campaign to protect democratic rights in those municipalities where the forces of terror and anarchy were still at work, he told a meeting of the party's State Committee here on Tuesday.

The CPI (M) State Committee also noted that huge amounts of money were being spent by the Trinamool Congress and the Congress in the run-up to the polls to 81 civic bodies across the State. The elections are to be held on May 30.

Even though the formal poll alliance involving the Trinamool Congress and the Congress for the forthcoming polls has fallen through, electoral understandings were being forged at the municipality level between the two parties. As a result there is no reason for complacency and the CPI (M) should prepare for a tough electoral fight ahead, Mr. Bose said.