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Kolkata: BJP’s central leaders to knock on EC door

kolkata Updated: Oct 10, 2015 15:53 IST
HT Correspondent

An outsider being led away in Salt Lake on Friday.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT photo)

The BJP national leadership is approaching the Election Commission (EC) with photographs, newspaper cuttings and video footage of the violence and rigging during the municipal corporation polls in the state.

This is a bid to ensure that such violence is not repeated in the crucial assembly polls next year.

Furthermore, the role played by Trinamool Congress MLAs on October 3, the polling day, will be highlighted to EC.

“We have sought time with the EC. Our purpose is to show what Trinamool Congress did in the corporation polls. This is just a trailer and the full film will be shown during the assembly polls. They have killed democracy. We have ensured free and fair polls in Bengal and will ensure that for Bengal,” said Sidharth Nath Singh, BJP national secretary, at a press conference in Kolkata.

“We have collected photos, newspaper cuttings and video clips of the violent incidents. We will highlight these to the commission. We will highlight the role played by lawbreakers of Trinamool Congress, including Sujit Bose, Paresh Pal and Arjun Singh will be highlighted,” said Singh.

Coming down heavily on Mamata Banerjee over the poll violence issue, Singh stated that the party would embark on a campaign through a mega rally on October 11. “This is the start and our motto is drive Mamata out and save Bengal. Our campaign will continue till the assembly polls,” Singh said.

On Sunday, BJP will take out a protest rally in Kolkata against poll violence, which will culminate in Esplanade.

Taking a dig at Mamata for rushing to invite Ghazal maestro Ghulam Ali for a concert in Kolkata, Singh stated that she never extended such a courtesy to the victims of poll violence.

“BJP is all for artists performing in India from foreign countries. I wish the courtesy Mamata showed hurriedly by inviting Ghulam Ali to hold a concert in Kolkata is also extended to the family members of those who died in the polls or those including media persons who were attacked,” Singh said.

Singh also criticised the manner in which the Trinamool Congress created pressure on former state election commissioner SR Upadhyay, who had to resign and the manner in which Alapan Bandopadhyay was placed in his place. He said that the repoll on Friday in only a few booths in Salt Lake and Asansol is a farce.

“The court will take a decision. But I think the spirit behind appointment of the election commissioner is to ensure that the commission is an independent neutral body. Mamata has been dictatorial person since coming to power,” added Singh.