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Kolkata Municipal Corporation: CPM deploys 4,000 volunteers to ensure ‘free and fair polls’

The volunteers will also be assigned a special task of intercepting the “motorcycle brigade” of the Trinamool workers during polling and throw their motorcycles into the Bagjola canal.

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Left leader Gautam Deb in Kolkata on Thursday. (Source: Express Photo by Subham Dutta)

Two days ahead of the Rajarhat-Bidhannagar municipal corporation elections, senior CPM leader Gautam Deb said Thursday the party has decided to deploy at least 4,000 volunteers in Rajarhat and Salt Lake to ensure free and fair elections by stopping the Trinamool Congress workers from illegally capturing booths.

The volunteers will also be assigned a special task of intercepting the “motorcycle brigade” of the Trinamool workers during polling and throw their motorcycles into the Bagjola canal, he said. “No one will be able to stop us should the TMC bike brigade attempt any disturbance to peaceful voting,” warned Deb, who is the CPM central committee member and the party’s North-24 Parganas secretary.

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He said a free and fair poll in Rajarhat-Bidhannagar should see the beginning of the end of the Mamata Banerjee regime. The CPM leader claimed that resistance against the TMC is growing in the state and Mamata has moved away from the people, which is one of the reasons why she had to depend on criminals like Bhajai Sardar in Rajarhat.

The former minister said there is lurking fear among the people if they will be able to cast their votes in the civic elections. “It is really shameful that one has to fight for his voting rights,” he said.

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In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, of the 14 wards of the Bidhannagar municipality, 10 were won by the BJP, 3 by the Left Front and the TMC won only one seat. However, in Rajarhat-Gopalpur municipality, which has currently been merged with Bidhannagar, the TMC was able to win 21 of total 35 wards, with the Left Front winning 11 and the BKJP getting 3.

Deb said he had met the state chief secretary, home secretary and several senior police officials and requested them to ensure that free and fair elections are conducted in Bidhannagar and Rajarhat on Saturday. The administration must ensure that outsiders do not intrude in the voting process in these areas, he added.