Political goondaism is common in West Bengal. It runs throughout the year but intensifies during the hustings – local body, state, or national. The ruling Trinamool Congress is a product of this environment. So it is not surprising if a leader from the party resorts to issuing open threats to the voters without fear of consequences.
Take the case of Abdul Mannan, the TMC vice-president.
He is caught on camera threatening voters of dire consequences of they do not vote for his party in the ongoing assembly elections in the state.
Addressing an election rally on Friday in Birbhum’s Labpur constituency, Mannan is heard telling a gathering that he is aware who votes for whom at the poll booth.
He insolently tells the electorate that his party takes care of them throughout the year and therefore they should payback by voting for the party.
“Cast your votes in a peaceful manner. Cast with so many votes that we can understand that you have voted us. I will take care of you for the entire year, but I won’t tolerate if you don’t repay me back during the election. We will never tolerate this,” Mannan warns.
“You expect us to provide everything. And you won’t give us anything? This won’t happen,” he says.
The second phase of polling will begin in West Bengal on Sunday. Birbhum is one of the seven districts comprising 56 seats with 383 candidates in contest. On many previous occasions too other TMC leaders have been seen issuing threats to the people. A notable example is of TMC MP Tapas Pal who issued rape threats to women from the opposition during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
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