Kolkata: Coming down heavily on the state election commission, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday accused the poll panel of taking decisions at its "whims and fancies" and vowed to take revenge against it "democratically".
Banerjee, who was addressing a Trinamool Congress panchayat poll rally at Joynagar in neighbouring South 24 Parganas district, took exception to the elections being scheduled in the month of Ramzan and even on a Friday during the Muslim holy month.
"The polls are being held during Ramzan. Had it been held during the Durga Puja, would we have liked it? Ramzan is equally important for the Muslims. They fast from the morning. How can they vote?" she asked. Banerjee, the Trinamool chief was particularly aghast over the third leg of the five-phase polls being slated for July 19, a Friday.
"How can they schedule the vote on a Jummabar in the month of Ramzan? They (the poll panel) are not listening to us on any matter. They are doing everything by force," Banerjee said on a day her party boycotted an all-party meeting called by the state election commission on the panchayat polls.