The eighth Left Front will be formed after results of the assembly elections are announced on May 13, CPI(M) state secretary and Left Front chairman Biman Bose said on Wednesday evening as polling in the third phase was drawing to a close. But Bose also demanded repoll in 40 booths in Haroa and Bijpur, both in North 24-Parganas and accused the Election Commission of not properly monitoring the activities of central paramilitary forces deployed in the state.
"We are demanding repoll because our polling agents were intimidated by armed Trinamool supporters and not allowed to work," said Bose. He also mocked Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee for making allegations of rigging and claiming in the same breath that her party would win 170 out of the 179 seats where elections have taken place in the three phases.
"If she is confident of winning so many seats then she must be the one who did the rigging. What other conclusion can one draw?" said Bose.
He appeared confident. "About 75% votes have been polled till 5.30pm. If the trend continues then it may cross 80%. In 2006 the percentage was above 80% in Kolkata and the two adjacent districts. I congratulate the voters. Polling was peaceful barring a few stray incidents," said the Left Front chairman.
"At Bijpur in the North 24-Parganas one of our polling agents was hit on the head with a revolver. At Bijpur, Madhyamgram and Haroa several polling agents and voters were intimidated. The same thing happened at Bishnupur in the South 24-Parganas. At Duttapukur, Bimal Roy, a local CPI(M) leader, died after a heart attack when he was pushed to the ground by central forces who questioned his credentials just because he was wearing a lungi. This is very unfortunate. Lungi is popular attire among men. The Election Commission should pass a dress code for voters," said Bose.
Former chief secretary Manish Gupta, also came under attack. "He is behaving as if he is still the chief secretary."