CPM, BJP join hands to take on TMC in pan­chayat polls

The Sunday Guardian - - Front Page - DIBYENDU MONDAL NEW DELHI

The run-up to the pan­chayat elec­tions in West Ben­gal, slated to be held on Mon­day, has silently brought two archri­vals, BJP and CPM, to­gether at least at the grass­roots. Work­ers of both par­ties have de­cided to sup­port each other wher­ever one could not file nom­i­na­tion due to the al­leged hooli­gan­ism of the rul­ing Tri­namool Congress (TMC).

This bon­homie first came to light when a joint rally was or­gan­ised in the Ranaghat area of Na­dia dis­trict by the CPM and BJP to protest against the vi­o­lence un­leashed allegedly by the TMC dur­ing the nom­i­na­tion fil­ing process for the pan­chayat elec­tions.

How­ever, se­nior lead­ers from both par­ties main­tain that it is “not a for­mal seat shar­ing ad­just­ment” and that state level lead­ers have noth­ing to do with this kind of un­der­stand­ing be­tween the work­ers of the two par­ties.

Dis­trict and block level lead­ers of both par­ties who spoke to The Sun­day Guardian, how­ever, said that the main aim of such an un­der­stand­ing is to try and con­tain the TMC.

The fierce bat­tle for pan­chayat polls in West Ben­gal has been mired in vi­o­lent clashes and lit­i­ga­tion. The BJP has filed over 30,000 nom­i­na­tions in the 58,000 pan­chayat seats, while the CPM has filed 21,750 nom­i­na­tions. Some 18,000 seats stayed un­con­tested where the rul­ing TMC had no op­po­si­tion; how­ever, the Supreme Court has stayed the dec­la­ra­tion of re­sults in these un­con­tested seats.

One se­nior BJP leader from Na­dia dis­trict told this corre-

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