West Bengal Panchayat Election 2023: Congress’s West Bengal unit president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary announced on Friday (June 9) that his party will contest the upcoming panchayat elections in the state in alliance with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPIM). Chowdhary said he has asked Congress workers to extend full cooperation to the CPIM in the elections to be held on July 8.
He said, “The Congress and the CPIM will fight the panchayat elections together.” We have already told our party workers to extend all cooperation to the CPIM in this matter. The process of filing has started, which will continue till June 15.
There was alliance between CPIM and Congress earlier also.
The CPIM-led Left Front and the Congress had jointly contested the Tripura elections earlier this year, as well as the West Bengal assembly elections in 2016 and 2021. Since then, both the parties are also cooperating in increasing the opposition unity. Earlier, Chowdhary urged the Calcutta High Court to allow online filing of nominations for panchayat elections and deployment of central forces.
What did Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary say?
The Calcutta High Court on Friday (June 9) asked the State Election Commission (SEC) to respond in this regard by June 12, considering the time limit given for filing nomination papers for the panchayat elections in West Bengal insufficient.
Chowdhary said, “The people of West Bengal can cast their vote only when central forces are deployed. Due to his presence, voting was possible in the Sagardighi bypoll, so the Trinamool Congress lost there and the Congress won.
Mentioned Mamta Banerjee
Taking a dig at Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, “If you are not scared and are willing to hold panchayat elections, then why are you hesitating to allow the deployment of central forces?” Said that more time should be given for filing nomination papers.
He asked Didi (Mamata Banerjee) to file an affidavit in the Calcutta High Court. Tell that she will ensure free and fair elections. We are not trying to avoid elections, but we want them to be held in a peaceful manner.
Chaudhary said, “We remember the 2018 panchayat elections, when about 34 percent of the population could not vote due to fear. TMC had won at least 20,000 seats without any challenge, as people could not file nominations. Around 60-70 people were murdered.