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Kolkata: Several noted creative personalities of Kolkata, who had backed Trinamool’s call for change in Bengal in 2011, have voiced their concern over the violence perpetrated by the party in the nomination phase of the Panchayat polls.

Addressing a news conference at the Kolkata Press Club today they cautioned the Trinamool that one cannot stay in power for long through muscle-flexing.

They have also accused the State Election Commission of being a mute spectator to the trampling of democratic norms in the run-up to the Panchayat polls scheduled for 1-5 May.

Thespian Bibhas Chakraborty, singer Pratul Mukherjee, human rights activist Sujato Bhadra, academician Miratun Nahar, and the former advocate general (during the first Trinamool government) Bimal Chatterjee were addressed the news conference.

Chakraborty said that if so much violence takes place during the nomination filing itself then one could easily guess what is in store for the Election Day.

Chatterjee said the violence by the ruling party runs the risk of making democracy handicap. He said that the election should be conducted in a free and fair manner.

Mukherjee said that trying to capture all the institutions through muscle-flexing is a dangerous trend. But no party can hang onto power by resorting to such tactics as it will eventually lose people’s trust, he cautioned.

Nahar said that the ruling party completely handed over this Panchayat election to miscreants to ensure that the opposition parties are not able to even take part in the contest. “The greatest worry is that the election commission is playing a mute spectator to this rampant violence,” she said.

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