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CPI-M rallies in Kolkata protesting pre-Panchayat poll violence in Bengal

IANS  |  Kolkata 

Accusing West Bengal's ruling of unleashing massive violence on the opposition parties before the state rural elections, the CPI-M on Wednesday took out a protest rally in the heart of the city.

Communist Party of (CPI-M) leaders and activists of district committee walked in the rally with black flags and banners from the in central Kolkata's Esplanade to Entally.

"is killing democracy in and setting fire on its pyre. Police and the is playing the role of a silent spectator. There has been continuous attacks on the opposition parties. We are walking in this rally to save the democratic environment in West Bengal," said member and

CPI-M leader who also filed petition in the accusing the Trinamool of not letting their prospective candidates to file nomination papers, said the election battle has become tougher as the the ruling party is resorting to violence against the opposition even before the election has started.

"Earlier the polling booths used to be captured. But now the places of filing nominations are getting captured by the ruling party. They are capturing the BDO and SDO offices. But we will continue to fight for our rights on the streets and in the court. We will counter them in every way possible," he added.

The had initially scheduled May 1, 3 and 5 as the polling dates for the three phased Panchayat polls in the state but was directed by the to announce a fresh extension on the nomination deadline and finalise a new election schedule, following the opposition parties' allegation of massive pre-poll violence and intimidation by the Trinamool.



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First Published: Wed, April 25 2018. 22:46 IST