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Stopping candidates from filing nomination is not Bengal's

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Ram today said stopping a candidate from filing nomination for Panchayat polls in West was against the spirit of democracy and not part of Bengal's culture.

Meghwal, the for Water Resources, was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an Indian Museum programme here.

When asked about the recent incidents of violence surrounding the filing of nominations of Panchayat polls in the state, said it went against the spirit of democracy and did not gel with the culture of

"Whatever is happening related to Panchayat elections in is not proper for democratic traditions, there should not be any violence during or in the run-up to polls," he said.

He said every election -- be it Panchayat, Corporation, Municipalty, Assembly or Lok Sabha -- should be held in a peaceful manner.

Asked if the was being able to conduct the Panchayat polls peacefully, said, "How can we say the is able to cope with the situation, going by the images we see and informaion we get?"

The has stayed the ongoing Panchayat election process in the state expressing displeasure over the decision of the to cancel its own order of extending the nomination process by a day.

The opposition parties in the state have been alleging widespread violence during the filing of nominations.

Asked about the Trinamool Congress' charge that the BJP mounted the communal plank to win votes, Meghwal said BJP never played such brand of

"BJP gives stress on cultural relations. This country espouses the spirit of cultural nationalism and none can ignore that," he said.

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First Published: Sun, April 15 2018. 22:05 IST