People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 05, 2006
The Communist Party of India (Marxist), Communist Party of India, Forward Bloc and Revolutionary Socialist Party have issued the following statement on March 2, 2006.
Election Commission has announced the schedule of the elections to the five
state assemblies of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamilnadu and Pondicherry.
the first time, West Bengal is to have a five-phase polling process and in Kerala the polling will be in
three phases. There
is no reason why such an extended polling process is necessary in these two
states. Kerala has always had a
one-day poll and West Bengal has not had more than a two-phase polling.
There has been no satisfactory explanation for this unprecedented
decision especially when the Commission has decided on a one-phase polling in
Left Parties are confident that the politically
conscious people of West Bengal and Kerala will exercise their right to
franchise and effectively participate in the elections on a large-scale.