THE STATE Election Commission (SEC) on Tuesday shot off another letter to the Central Government demanding deployment of Central paramilitary force in various districts during the urban local bodies poll.
State Election Commissioner Aparmita Prasad Singh in a letter to Union Home Secretary VK Duggal said five battalions of the Central force were required to ensure peaceful and fair poll in the sensitive districts.
Earlier, the SEC had written to the State Government to ensure the deployment of Central paramilitary force in the sensitive districts. In turn the State Government had written to the Central government for providing 25 companies of Central paramilitary force.
After receiving instructions from the Governor for deployment of Central paramilitary force during the poll, the SEC urged the Governor to use the influence of his office to get the same from the Centre.
A few days back Joint Secretary (Police) Government of India BN Gaur had informed the State Election Commissioner that no Central paramilitary force would be provided to UP. “The Centre does not provide Central force to states for local bodies election”, Gaur said.
Talking to the media persons on Monday at Allahabad Union Minister of State for Home Sri Prakash Jaiswal had said that the Centre would consider the State Election Commission’s demand for Central force to conduct the civic poll.
After taking notice of Jaiswal’s statement the SEC decided to send the demand for the Central force again. The SEC has drawn Centre’s attention towards a large number of sensitive districts.
The state police were under pressure due to their deployment for maintaining law and order during the festivals. And, therefore, there was an urgent need for Central force for the election duty, said the SEC communiqué.