Kolkata: The intervention of the Election
Commission was on Wednesday sought in poll bound West Bengal by
Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee who claimed that the
sudden spurt in violence was allegedly at the behest of the
"We have moved the Election Commission seeking its
intervention as our candidates and those of the Congress are
being attacked while taking out processions by CPI(M) harmads
with the help of a section of police officers," Banerjee told
a press conference at her residence.
Stating that a team of Election Commission officials was
likely to visit the state either on April 10 or 11 to study
the situation, she said peace should be maintained and
"We totally depend on the Election Commission. We believe
that the EC will take appropriate action so that we can go
ahead with our election schedule peacefully."
Alleging that Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacherjee and
CPI(M) leaders were instigating the violence, she said, "The
CPI(M) has lost its balance knowing fully well they will be
out of power in the elections."
Banerjee who returned from Jamuria in Burdwan district,
cited how a local party minority cell leader Rabin Kazi was
crushed to death under the wheels of a car while trying to
save party candidate Prabhat Chattopadhay from the leader of a
coal mafia in Barul village on Monday.
"It is barbaric and unheard of in civilised society,
she said, adding Marxists also attacked the party candidate at
Raina constituency in the same district yesterday.
She alleged that Congress candidate in Keshpur in West
Midnapore district was attacked and brutally beaten up during
the day by CPI(M) cadres and another at Goghat in Hooghly
Banerjee demanded that arms should be recovered and CPI(M)
goons who had killed people in Nandigram, Singur, Mangolkote,
Netai, Rajarhat and Sainbari should be booked. She also
alleged that the Marxists goons had tried to kill her.
Some police officers, particularly officers-in-charge, she
alleged, were Marxist card holders and had a nexus with
gangsters and the coal mafia.
Asking party workers not to be provoked by the CPI(M), she
said, "People will give a fitting reply to the CPI(M) in the
"They are losing the power. That is why they have no
credibility and no accountability. They know only how to rig
elections. But in Bengal they are a big zero. They are totally
left out from the people and that is why they are carrying on
a vendetta," she claimed.