Death in poll violence 'closer to normal': Derek O'Brien
Trinamool Congress leader and MP Derek O'Brien said that panchayat election in West Bengal has a history of violence. Justifying the gruesome murders and widespread violence, he said that the death in the violence in the state today is "closer to normal" than earlier times. Comparing with the political violence under previous CPM regime, Derek O'Brien said that 400 were killed in poll violence under the CPM rule in West Bengal in the 90s while 40 were killed alone in 2003.
I pity Derek, impose President's rule: Babul Supriyo
Union Minister Babul Supriyo demanded President's rule in West Bengal against the backdrop of severe violence erupted during panchayat polls. "Bengal government is shameless. You cannot expect them to follow any kind of constitutional behaviour," he told ANI. "Where is Mamata? Is she polishing her PM ambitions?" Supriyo said after five were killed in the violence today. On TMC's Derek O'Brien's statement, Supriyo said, "I pity Derek. I feel ashamed to say he has been a friend."