Kolkata: The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Sunday accused West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress of threatening and harassing opposition activists ahead of the upcoming panchayat polls in the state.
"An atmosphere of terror prevails in a number of districts. And in some districts the ruling party is taking recourse to threats and harassment against opposition activists," the CPI-M said in a press release after its day-long state committee meeting in Kolkata.
The meeting, which chiefly discussed preparations for the panchayat elections, took note of reports from the districts. "The ruling party is trying to use the administration and the police wrongly for partisan interests," the release said.
The party said seat adjustment talks among Left Front partners were being conducted more smoothly than on earlier occasions.
"Almost everywhere such talks were at a final stage," it said.
Speaking at the committee meeting, state secretary Biman Bose stressed the need for strengthening organizational preparations and called upon the cadre to maintain intense contact with the masses.
"You must listen to the people sincerely.You must patiently continue the task of converting the resentment in the mind of the people about the Trinamool and its government into political support for the Left Front," said Bose in his concluding remarks.