June 28, 2013
There is peace in Bengal, which is not being liked – Mamata Banerjee
AITMC Chairperson Mamata Banerjee criticized the State Election Commission and the Opposition for demanding deployment of central forces in a local election.
“So many (Panchayat polls) were held before – in 2001, 2003 and 2008. When were the central forces deployed?” she asked at an election meeting in Narayangarh West Midnapore.
“This is not a general election. There is peace in Bengal, which is not being liked.”
“The polls will be held peacefully and the rights of the rural people won't be taken away as there is an impartial administration in the state in sharp contrast to the previous Left Front regime,” she said, adding that the development work would suffer if the polls were not held. She also said the Opposition fear defeat in the polls.
“They are crying hoarse about terror. This is a baseless allegation. There has not been a single unfortunate incident so far during the campaign unlike the Left regime when people were not allowed to cast votes,” she said.
The AITMC Chairperson said that 1.79 lakh nominations have been filed for the elections due to be held from July 2.
`There is an unholy nexus between the opposition parties and the Maoists to scuttle the elections. They fear they will be defeated. They do not want the Panchayat polls to be held. We have been trying to hold the polls since we came to power but the Opposition are going all out to stall the poll process,` she said.