Peace had been restored in the (Darjeeling) hills and junglemahal, but attempts were being made to create fresh trouble there, Banerjee told the assembly during the one-day special session to pass the budget.

Referring to the recently concluded five-phase panchayat elections in the state, she said that Murshidabad and Malda districts had witnessed maximum poll violence and asked why a central minister resorted to goondaism. She said that there was no bogus voting and democracy had returned in the state.

Banerjee said that compared to the previous two rural polls in the state in 2003 and 2008 which claimed 40 and 35 lives respectively, nine people were killed this time. She said that there were 159 poll-related violence in 2008 which was 98 this time.

She said that there would be an executive inquiry into cases of police firing during the polls.


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