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Once strong backers, civil society now turns against Trinamool after violence

IANS  |  Kolkata 

A section of West Bengal's civil society, which had years back strongly backed then opposition to unseat the erstwhile rulers Left Front, on Wednesday lashed out against the Trinamool for using "rampant muscle power" to prevent the opposition candidates from filing nominations for next month's Panchayat polls.

Warning that the happenings over the last few days amounted to "crippling" and "chopping off the fundamentals of democracy, eminent persons held a expressing concern over what lay in store for the state during the later stages of the poll process.

"People who we helped come to power, if now they start showing the same dominating attitude, then it becomes a difficult situation for us. When a ruler tries to show its power, then not does it cause danger for the people, but even for themselves (the ruling party)," said

"The ruling party should remember that they cannot remain in power for long with this dominating attitude," he said.

Another Pallab Kirtaniya said the opposition activists are being beaten to pulp so that they cannot file their nomination. "A openly has openly declared that a panchayat which has not a will get Rs 5 crore. Can one talk in this vein in a democracy? This is akin to chopping of the fundamentals of democracy."

Venerable theatre personality Bivas Chakraborty regretted that the miscreants seemed to be in control of the happenings during the filing of nominations. "We don't see anybody reining in them. We know that for long, has not seen trouble-free elections. But this time, it has crossed all limits.

"If this is the situation in the nomination phase, then what will happen during polling or during the declaration of results? Will miscreants control at every stage? If such a thing happens, it will be a disgrace for us."

Noted Bimal Chatterjee, who served as the for nearly two years during the first government, was also unsparing in his condemnation.

"By using every means, the present rulers of are trying to make it (the panchayats) opposition-free. As a result, ruling party candidates are getting walkovers. But this is not a just victory. If elections are conducted in such a way, then I can only say democracy has been crippled," he said.

Academician Mirat-un Nahar, and rights activist also spoke at the media meet.

--IANS

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First Published: Wed, April 11 2018. 22:24 IST
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