KOLKATA, 19 JUNE : Bringing out a 30-page election manifesto for the panchayat polls today, PCC chief Pradip Bhattacharya said that the running of the panchayats should not be conducted from party offices but meetings of the gram panchayats. The PCC chief and senior leader, Dr Manas Bhuniya felt that law and order is deteriorating daily and Union government projects are being tried to be passed off as its own by the Trinamul Congress state government.
The recent incidents of violence against women is a pointer to the inefficiency of the state government, the PCC chief said. The state election commission is being prevented from discharging its duties by the state government, Dr Bhuniya alleged. The election manifesto called for preparation of a proper BPL list together with audit of the expense incurred by the panchayat. The PCC chief said that a list of candidates who were prevented from submitting their nomination would be given to the SEC.
Left Front chairman Biman Bose, meanwhile, today called upon the state Congress leaders to get in touch with its central leadership and the Union government to persuade it to intervene for a free and fair panchayat election in the state. Even as chief minister Mamata Banerjee is claiming that peace reigns in the state, goons patronised by her party are preventing front candidates from filing nomination in the rural polls, Mr Bose said. The Trinamul Congress state government seems to be proceeding with a game plan, the front chairman said. There would be only one contestant in the different tiers of rural polls according to it, he said.
It may be establishing the supremacy of Trinamul, but in the long run it would weaken the base of democracy in the state, Mr Bose added. sns