Left Front chairman and CPI(M) state secretary Biman Bose launched a scathing attack on the ruling Trinamool on Monday, accusing it of unleashing violence on party workers and forcefully capturing panchayat boards across the state.
Bengal has been rocked by clashes since Saturday over forming gram panchayat boards, in continuation of the violence that was witnessed in the five-phase rural polls last month. Incidents of violence were reported from East and West Midnapore, North 24-Parganas, North Dinajpur, Murshidabad and Hooghly over the last few days.
“The Trinamool has been capturing panchayat boards by use of brute force. In many places, our winning candidates are obstructed from voting or locked up in their homes or somewhere else so that they don’t turn up to vote during board formation. In the process, we are being reduced to a minority even where we are in a position to form the boards,” Bose said.
The veteran Marxist also accused the police of being hand-in-glove with Trinamool leaders and helping them in their nefarious designs of capturing the panchayat boards.
Bose alleged that despite repeated requests, the police are turning a deaf ear to their complaints.
Meanwhile, the CPI(M) alleged that their elected members were beaten up and barred from forming the panchayat board at Nabagram gram panchayat in Serampore-Uttarpara block in Hooghly district on Monday. Out of 17 seats in Nabagram, the Trinamool won seven seats, while the CPI(M) secured eight.
The BJP and independent candidates got one seat each.
Apurba Mazumder, the local Trinamool Congress president, however, rubbished the allegation and said because of internal feud, the Left could not form the board, got engaged in a scuffle amongst themselves and finally walked out from the panchayat office.
Bose also advised the government to solve the Gorkhaland stalemate through negotiations with Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM).
“The state government’s stand on the Gorkhaland issue is not proper. It was this government that created the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) and it cannot shrug off responsibility now. We feel negotiation is the only way out to resolve the issue,” Bose said.