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Doubtful if Trinamool government can hold peaceful panchayat polls: Union Minister

IANS  |  Kolkata 

on Sunday decried the violence centred around submission of nominations for the upcoming panchayat elections, saying it was doubtful if the government could hold peaceful polls.

"The developments with regard to the Panchayat polls in Bengal cannot be part of the democratic tradition. Violence should not take place in the run-up to the polls," he said on the sidelines of a programme here.

Iterating that in a democracy, every election down to the municipality of panchayat level should be held peacefully, the expressed doubts over whether the had the capability to conduct a violence-free poll.

"How can we say the had the capability to tackle the situation and conduct peaceful polls, after seeing the images and getting to know whatever is happeing?" he said in reply to a question.

The has halted the panchayat poll procedure on a petition filed by the BJP. Other opposition parties - the Left and the - have also approached the judiciary accusing the ruling Trinamool of unleashing massive pre-poll violence on their party workers over the filing of nominations for the rural polls since the process began on April 2.

They also accused the of acting like a puppet of the state ruling party after it withdraw its order of extending the nomination process by a day, within a few hours of issuing it.

The panchayat elections are scheduled for May 1, 3 and 5, while the counting of votes is due on May 8.



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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 23:44 IST