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CPM dials voters in Birbhum

Bolpur, April 14: The Birbhum CPM, allegedly prevented from taking out campaign rallies or writing poll graffiti by Trinamul, has instructed party cadres in several blocks to collect telephone numbers of residents whom they can call and seek votes.

“Our comrades are collecting telephone numbers of residents to communicate with them and seek votes. In most villages, we are facing resistance from the Trinamul Congress. It will be easier to communicate with people over the phone than go for door-to-door campaigning,” said Ramchandra Dom, the CPM candidate for Bolpur.

Sources said CPM workers mostly in Bolpur, Labhpur, Nanoor and Illambazar blocks were being prevented from taking out rallies by Trinamul.

“In most cases of assault, CPM workers are not willing to lodge police complaints fearing reprisals from Trinamul,” Dom said.

According to sources, the Bolpur CPM has already contacted over 1 lakh of its 13 lakh voters.

A district vice-president of Trinamul, Moloy Mukherjee, said: “All these allegations of assault are false. They want to malign us before the polls.”