May 14, 2018
Statement by All India Trinamool Congress on the Panchayat election
People have exercised their rights in polling stations today. A few isolated incidents have taken place, however, which All India Trinamool Congress neither wanted nor supported. The administration today helped the Election Commission and nobody got involved in any instigation.
A few of our supporters were badly injured. But, across the length and breadth of the State, our supporters were the model of tolerance.
The allegation made against us regarding the incident in Kakdwip is untrue. At no time is death welcome. So, be it any party, death of a worker is always a sad event.
The BJP is involved in a dirty game. The way it brought in people from Bangladesh, Assam and Jharkhand to create trouble in border regions is extremely reprehensible and in this, it has indirectly taken the help of the BSF, which is under the control of the Central Government. It was shown on TV how BSF personnel were trying to influence voters standing in queues for casting votes.
Law and order is a State subject, as per our Constitution. Hence, we have written to the Election Commission to investigate how the BSF engaged in these activities without any permission from the State Government.