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CPM attacks top poll official

Robin Deb blames EC for failing to notify the public of the extended voters’ list revision

kolkata Updated: Nov 02, 2012 14:22 IST
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The chief election officer (CEO) of West Bengal, Sunil Gupta, has come under fire for allegedly being influenced by the ruling Trinamool Congress in the matter of revising the voters’ list in the state.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, the CPI(M) state secretariat member Robin Deb alleged that although the office of the election commission of India has extended the last date for filing claims and objectives in the voters’ list for West Bengal from October 31 to November 8, the CEO’s office has not published a public notification in this regard till date to make the public aware of the extended deadline.

“On the contrary, on October 30, the CEO published a newspaper advertisement about the proceedings regarding filing claims and objections on October 25 and 26. How can such advertisement be placed at a later date, and that too at the expense of public money?” said Deb.

He claimed that ever since the beginning, Trinamool Congress and the state government have been trying to stall the entire process of revising the voters’ list.

“Even the previous state home secretary Samar Ghosh wrote a letter to the Election Commission of India requesting its office to stop the process of voters’ list revision, so that the panchayat polls could be conducted with the old list,” Deb said.

He also added that the Election Commission’s decision to extend the deadline for filing claims and objections was taken after a Left Front delegation, led by CPI(M) politburo and Rajya Sabha member, Sitaram Yechury, sent a deputation appealing for the extension in view of the ongoing festive season in Bengal.