The Left Front on Friday said the six hours bandh called by them was successful in exposing the complete surrendering of the State Election Commission (SEC) to the state government and throttling of democracy by the ruling party which did not allow Opposition candidates to file nominations in the upcoming panchayat election.

In a statement, state CPI-M secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra said that the state government tried all means to prevent the six hours strike but despite those efforts, bandh was successful following people’s spontaneous participation.

Mr Mishra also expressed his concern over Trinamul Congress’ desire to prevent the movement of Opposition parties in the state. “The TMC led by its party supremo once organised dharna at Singur to remove the Tata Nanomanufacturing unit. The party forgot all those days and tried to make the bandh unsuccessful,” he said.

He, however, said that the Left Front workers on Friday were patient and organised a peaceful movement to observe bandh.

“Our party workers did not throw any bombs, did not commit any arson attack or rampage the shops to make the bandh successful,” he said.

The Left Front had called the bandh to protest against throttling of democracy during filing of nomination for panchayat polls in the state.

CPI-M MLA Sujan Chakraborty said that people clearly indicated that they are highly dissatisfied with the state government’s attempt for throttling the democracy during filing of nomination for panchayat polls in the state.