Mamata charges CPI(M), Congress, BJP with conspiracy to stall poll

Published: 26th June 2013 04:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th June 2013 04:32 PM   |  A+A-


As uncertainty clouds the holding of panchayat poll in West Bengal, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today accused the CPI(M), Congress and BJP of 'conspiring' to stall the poll process.

"These parties are afraid of defeat in the panchayat election and do not want it to be held. The CPI(M), Congress and BJP have joined hands in the conspiracy to stall the panchayat polls, the process of which has already started," Banerjee said at her first campaign rally in Jangalmahal.

Pointing out that the entire poll process is to be over by July 15, she said district magistrates and sub-divisional officers will run the rural body administration till elections are held.

Expressing dismay at the turn of events, the Trinamool Congress supremo said, "We have been trying for the past two years to ensure that panchayat polls are held, while they (Opposition) are at their work to thwart the process."

Asserting that TMC is sure to win the election, she said, "The reason why Opposition parties are averse to the polls is their fear of losing the political footing."

"While I am out on my campaign trail, CPI(M) and Congress are nowhere to be found. They are spending money filing cases," she alleged.

"I have heard that the term of some elected panchayats had already expired yesterday," Banerjee said adding the blame would squarely lie with Opposition parties if the polls were eventually not held on the scheduled dates.

The Chief Minister said the state government had to incur financial losses in the legal battle over panchayat polls.

She asserted that those political parties which were opposing the election would lose their entity after the panchayat polls.

"We will have to defeat them politically," she said.


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp