AFTER DECIMATING the Opposition in the recently-concluded state polls, the ruling Trinamool Congress’ prime concern now revolves around the alleged atrocities inflicted on its cadres by a “section of Election Commission (EC) officials” and the central forces.
Sources said the report of an internal survey conducted by Trinamool has revealed that the “partisan behavior of the EC and some of its officials” had led to a dip in the party’s voting percentage in Kolkata and some areas around it.
On Monday, Trinamool general secretary and minister Partha Chatterjee rubbished the allegations of post-poll violence levelled by the Opposition. “The law and order situation is absolutely fine. It is our party workers and cadres who are being attacked since the poll process started. It is the Opposition which is trying to instigate violence in the state,” he claimed.
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Trinamool vice-president Mukul Roy too expressed concern at the role of the EC in the elections. On Monday, as party cadres and leaders alike flocked to Roy’s cramped office room at Trinamool Bhavan, conversation inevitably veered towards the EC. “We are very worried. This is hurting the federal structure of the state,” said one leader.
The party believes that a section of EC had worked “for the Opposition”, with the help of “central forces and officials by threatening Trinamool voters and asking them not to come out and vote”. “Ultimately, this didn’t harm us because people saw through what the EC and the Opposition were trying to do and voted for us. But the question that needs to be asked is why the EC only took action against us? Our party workers were also killed. No notices were issued…,” said a Trinamool leader.