Had suggested one/two-phase poll, says Mamata

Calling on people to vote peacefully in the remaining two phases of West Bengal panchayat polls, chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday said her government’s suggestion for one or two-phase poll to check the likelihood of violence went unheeded by the State Election Commission.

‘Because of the possibility of an increase in violence with the increase in the number of phases, the government had suggested the holding of the poll either in one phase or two phases, but the State Election Commission did not listen to us,’ Banerjee told a local news channel.

‘Let there be peace in the next two phases of the panchayat election. When I am trying to reach out to people, the CPI(M) is trying to instigate them with an ulterior motive to disrupt the election as they have lost their support base,’ she said in her appeal.
People’s mandate can’t be changed with terror, arson and arms. Its better to accept the verdict, Banerjee said.

She alleged that instead of maintaining peace, the CPI(M) is busy unleashing a reign of terror. The Congress is also busy making false complaints in a bid to ‘supply oxygen to the CPI(M)’.
She also alleged that some ministers of the Congress and former ministers of CPI-M were instigating violence and claimed that poll violence had killed 22 Trinamool Congress workers when they were trying to maintain peace.
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