Kolkata: A peaceful election, a historic win, but now a reality check. Several CPI(M) as well as Trinamool Congress workers have been killed since election results last week. The Chief Minister-elect of the state Mamata Banerjee is pleading her party workers to remain calm.
"If they hit you, don't hit back. We need to be calm. We can't indulge in violence", said Banerjee.
Sensing the opportunity the CPI(M) leaders have pushed Mamata Banerjee's men on to the mat - using the same rhetoric she used before the elections.
Left Front Chairman Biman Bose said, "TMC promised that they will not take revenge but everyday they are killing and attacking our men."
The home minister too has stepped in, asking the Bengal governor MK Narayanan to take all possible measures to stop the violence.
P Chidambaram said, "It is a matter of concern. I do not know whom to blame for it. Last night I have spoken to West Bengal Governor to take all possible measures to stop violence there, because violence cannot be tolerated."
More than 200 people have died in the last one year in political clashes. With instances of political violence reported almost everyday, Mamata Banerjee's first task after taking over will definitely be to bring peace from the election speeches to the ground.