Jyoti Basu lashes out at Election Commission
The Election Commission's decision to hold a five-phase assembly election in West Bengal was an "insult" to the people of the state where polls had been free and fair in the past, Marxist veteran Jyoti Basu said on Wednesday.
"What is the necessity of holding phase-wise polls in West Bengal for over two months? Is it an offence by the people who voted us to power for consecutive terms? May be our success has been taken note of by the Election Commission," he told a CPI (M) workers' meeting in Kolkata.
Basu also criticised the EC's steps against some government employees, saying "has anyone heard about partiality in government employees in elections in West Bengal?"
"There has been no case of government employees being partial in the past," Basu, a former chief minister said.
The CPI(M) patriarch also warned party workers against a move by opposition parties to arrive at a 'clandestine' understanding for the election.
"Though the opposition parties, which have no ideology or morality in politics, have been crying themselves hoarse about failure of a grand alliance, they could enter into an alliance secretly," Basu said.