Left Front chairman Biman Bose Friday said the Left parties will “contain their reaction” on May 19 when the election results are announced and will not engage in celebrations if their coalition with Congress comes out victorious.
“Whatever the results, whether we win or not, we will contain our reaction. In case of a win, there will be no victory celebrations, no victory rallies, no victory marches,” said Bose at Muzaffar Ahmad Bhavan in Kolkata. The Front, he said, does not want to contribute to the incidents of post-poll violence. “We don’t want any celebratory action to fan such incidents so we have decided to not have any celebrations.”
Incidents of violence and clashes between rival party workers from across Bengal were reported after each phase of polling. After the third phase, as many as 46 persons were arrested on the orders of the Election Commission.
On the third day of polling, the second phase of the election, two CPM polling agents, Sheikh Fazlan Haq and Dukhiram Dal, were killed by political opponents. That same night, a Congress worker named Ali Khandekar was killed in Raina in Bardhaman district. Earlier, a CPM worker, Sheikh Fazlan Sheikh, was killed in Sirpara village in Murshidabad district.
A day after polls took place in Howrah, six houses were damaged and a shop set on fire, with both CPM and TMC blaming each other. After Kolkata had voted, families of CPM workers and polling agents across the constituency were allegedly beaten up and their homes were vandalised. Thirteen persons were injured in various incidents of post-poll violence in South 24 Parganas district.
Bose said that the Left parties expect the number of incidents of violence to increase once the results are out.
He also extended support to the students’ demand that the state government oppose the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) for admission to medical courses.
A large number of students, who are to take the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination on May 17, protested earlier this month in Salt Lake.
The students contend that in the wake of a common all-India medical entrance test, the state-level JEEs would be scrapped, putting “the future of thousands of JEE candidates in the dark”.
Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have so far opposed the NEET and are going ahead with their state-level entrance exams. The West Bengal government is yet to take a stand on the matter.