Kolkata, Apr 14 (PTI) BJP leader Mukul Roy today alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) has throttled democracy in West Bengal.

Those who do not respect the democratic rights and values should not talk big about democracy, Roy said.

“There is an unprecedented attack on the basic democratic rights of the opposition parties. The Trinamool Congress has resorted to a full-fledged assault on democracy.

Even mediapersons have not been spared,” Roy alleged.

The BJP state leadership led by Roy today took out a rally to observe the 127th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar.

Referring to the violence during nomination filing for next month’s panchayat polls, Roy alleged that the TMC didn’t allow the opposition parties to file nominations as they are afraid of free and fair polls.

He asked, “If they were so sure of their developmental work, why did they not allow the opposition parties to file nominations?”

The Calcutta High Court on April 12 had stayed till further orders the ongoing panchayat election process in the state.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.