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CPM's countrywide campaign on Aug 7 to 'save democracy' in WB
The politburo of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) in a meeting held on 20 July at New Delhi decided to call for a countrywide campaign to 'Save Democracy and to Defeat the Violence and Terror in West Bengal'. All Party units will conduct this campaign on August 7 next month.

This campaign will inform the people about the ‘murder’ of democracy in West Bengal and mobilize support to demand a halt to the ‘violence and terror’. The politburo appealed to all democratic forces in the country to condemn the TMC’s violent campaign to suppress the Left Front and the opposition in West Bengal.

According to CPI(M), the panchayat elections in West Bengal are witnessing a brazen and massive attack on democracy. Till now three phases of the panchayat elections have been held. These polls have been marred by large-scale booth capturing, false voting, blockade of villages and violent attacks on opposition candidates and their polling agents.

Hundreds of booths were captured in West Midnapore, Bankura, Burdwan, Hooghly, East Midnapore and North & South 24 Parganas. In Burdwan district alone 890 booths were fully or partially captured and the polling rigged. The state police have remained bystanders or connived in the rigging efforts.

The central police forces were not deployed at the polling stations in violation of the High Court and Supreme Court orders. Even before the polling, around six thousand Left Front candidates were not allowed to file nominations. So far 19 CPI(M) and Left Front members and supporters have been killed, the party said in a statement.

It alleged that what is being witnessed in West Bengal is an outright attack on democracy and democratic rights. The ruling Trinamool Congress is threatening the State Election Commission and making open calls to incite violence against the opposition. The politburo  strongly condemned this violence and ‘terror’ campaign launched by the Trinamool Congress.

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