Former West Bengal chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee Thursday urged the Left Front to present an united resistance to overcome the “reign of terror” unleashed by the ruling Trinamool Congress. The CPM politburo member also urged the people to exercise their franchise against the TMC in the municipal polls.
Issuing an appeal, Bhattacharjee said while campaigning for the municipal polls, the CPM workers have gone door-to-door of the voters. “The politically-cornered Trinamool Congress is trying to spread a reign of terror ahead of the polls. Our party supporters and grassroot leaders might think whether we would be able to put up a resistance against this attack. But we are hopeful,” Bhattacharjee, who has skipped the CPM’s ongoing 21st Congress in Visakhapatnam, said.
He said only Left Front and CPM can stand up to such terror tactics and urged urged each and every Left worker to enrol himself as a volunteer to ensure free and fair polling during Kolkata Municipal Corporation elections on April18.
“They (TMC) should not be allowed to take control of the situation at any cost,” he said.
The former CM said common people will decide the election results. “How many people can they stop by terror?” he asked and added, “The need of the hour is total and united resistance. We have seen through our experience that people will say the last word”.
Appealing the common people to exercise their franchise, he said, “Do not succumb to any hurdles that come in your way”.
Meanwhile, several reports of attack on CPM rallies were received on Thursday when when the campaign ended. In one incident in Patuli in the southern fringe of the city, a CPM election rally was attacked allegedly by TMC workers. Several CPM supporters were injured including the candidate of the area, said Sujan Chakrabarty, CPM party leader said.