Declare Bengal ‘super sensitive’, BJP urges EC
New Delhi, March 13
Mounting pressure on its primary adversary in Bengal — CM Mamata Banerjee and her party TMC — the BJP today urged the Election Commission to declare the state as “super sensitive” and shift out certain “biased officials” (such as Kolkata top cop Rajeev Kumar) before the upcoming General Election.
Apart from this, the BJP delegation that included Union ministers Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nirmala Sitharman and JP Nadda, also demanded deployment of Central forces in all polling booths in the state and a media observer to ensure “free and fair elections” there.
“We have conveyed to the EC Bengal’s deplorable track record in conducting free and fair elections,” Prasad said pointing towards killings during local body and gram panchayat polls, the stamping of ballot papers during counting and the state government not granting permission to helicopters ferrying BJP leaders.
“Observers must give independent feedback to the EC and not the ex parte, coloured report of the government of Bengal. The deployment of Central forces should be done not on the recommendation of the local SP or collector, but by the special observer of EC. There are certain officers who are known to be biased towards the TMC. They should be withdrawn from the election-related work,” he said.