West Bengal: Election Commission removes Mamata Banerjee's security officer
The Election Commission of India on Friday removed chief minister Mamata Banerjee's security officer Ashok Chakraborty, a day before the fourth phase of the West Bengal Assembly Election 2021 is to be held, according to an ANI report. The government said in a notification that Chakraborty is to be removed from his post with "immediate effect" in accordance with the Election Commission's directions, as per reports. Chakraborty is posted as the officer on special duty (OSD) in an ex-cadre post in the rank of a superintendent of police (SP) in the directorate of security.
Earlier in the day, the commission issued a notice to Mamata Banerjee asking her to explain her stand by April 10 regarding her statements against central forces on March 28 and April 7. Banerjee alleged that the central forces favoured the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the first and second phase polling of the West Bengal assembly elections.
She was issued another notice over her remarks on April 3 when she appealed to Muslim voters to not let their vote split among different political parties.
The fourth phase of the high-stakes West Bengal assembly elections will see 373 candidates contesting for 44 constituencies spread across five districts. The first three phases of the eight-phase West Bengal polls have already taken place. Counting of the votes will take place on May 2.