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Panchayat violence: Left may go for general strike

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

today accused the ruling (TMC) of terrorising opposition candidates contesting the next month's panchayat polls and said, the Left parties might go for a general strike, if such a situation persists.

Alleging that the is acting like a puppet in the hands of the ruling TMC, Bose said, the led by the CPI(M) will carry out an indefinite sit-in outside the SEC office from tomorrow.

"The TMC is terrorising our candidates and is asking them to withdraw their nominations. The SEC is just a mute spectator and is acting as a puppet in the hands of the ruling TMC," he alleged.

"We will go for an indefinite demonstration. It will continue except April 14 and April 15. Tomorrow we have convened a meeting of the Left parties to decide whether to go for a general strike in case the situation does not improve," he said.

Taking a U-turn, the State Election Commission today withdrew the extended deadline for filing of nominations for the panchayat elections slated for May 1, 3 and 5.

The opposition parties alleged that it buckled under pressure from the ruling

A K Singh cancelled the poll panel's order of yesterday which had extended the deadline for filing nominations by a day till today, sources in the commission said.

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First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 22:45 IST