C'garh leaves TMC leaders a worried lot ahead of rural polls

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WB rural polls: Maoists scareTMC leaders
Kolkata, May 29: Murder threats, extortion claim and warning against contesting the upcoming panchayat polls in West Bengal have left members of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) a worried lot. The recent bloodbath in Chhattisgarh where the ultras gunned down many Congress leaders and workers has heightened their apprehension more.

The TMC leadership and the Opposition Left Front have been accusing each other of taking help of the Maoists to corner the rival, but an ambience of terror has engulfed the Jangalmahal area of the state, which the Mamata Banerjee government claimed to have been undergoing a big change.

A TMC legislator from West Midnapore recently received calls for extortion from people dubbed ‘Maoist' by the police while another block leader got murder threats, according to a report published in Anandabazaar Patrika on Wednesday.

But what has been more worrying is that some unknown people recently warned the ruling party members not to field candidates in some of the constituencies where they reportedly plan to field their own men. They said the consequences will be disastrous if their order was not carried out.

TMC MP Suvendu Adhikari, who is in charge of the district, although termed the Maoists as cowards, but yet acknowledged the risk factor involved with the threats. The party has alerted its ministers, legislators and leaders to ensure adequate security for themselves.

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