The Congress on Sunday complained to the Chief Electoral Officer and the special observer for West Bengal that the ruling Trinamool Congress was indulging in violence and also alleged that it was terrorising opposition party workers.
"For the last three days before the last phase of elections, violence has erupted in several places. Trinamool Congress activists have attacked workers of the Congress and other political parties and ransacked party offices," senior Congress leader Pradip Bhattacharya said after meeting CEO Sunil Gupta and special observer Sudhir Kumar Rakesh separately.
Bhattacharya, a Rajya Sabha MP and former WBPCC president, claimed, "The Trinamool Congress is desperate to snatch a few seats and would indulge in poll rigging to make up for its loss of popularity owing to the Saradha scam fallout." He said that in view of this, he requested the CEO and Rakesh to increase vigil and deploy central armed police forces in every booth.
In the last of the five phases of general elections in West Bengal tomorrow, 17 Lok Sabha constituencies go to the poll.
He claimed that though central forces had arrived, they were not being deployed properly.
Bhattacharya alleged that incidents of violence against opposition party workers had occurred in several places in the metropolis like Garden Reach and Beliaghata and Saktipur, Ghatal and Chakdah in the districts.
He claimed, "WBPCC president and Union Minister of State for Railways Adhir Chowdhury's vehicle was stopped and gheraoed by Trinamool Congress goons at Saktipur when he was going to Rejinagar in Beharampore district." Chowdhury is seeking re-election from Beharampore constituency, which goes to polls tomorrow.