Security personal carrying EVMs and VVPAT machines leave for polling booths from a distribution centre ahead of the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections, in Hajipur.(PTI File Photo/Representative Image)
Security personal carrying EVMs and VVPAT machines leave for polling booths from a distribution centre ahead of the third and final phase of Bihar Assembly elections, in Hajipur.(PTI File Photo/Representative Image)

Deploy central forces in Bengal, BJP asks EC

Accusing the West Bengal Police of being partisan, the BJP alleged that although its national president JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked in full public glare during his visit to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district on Thursday,afternoon, the police didn’t act.
Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 03:10 AM IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has requested the Election Commission of India to deploy central police forces and enforce the model code of conduct in West Bengal at the earliest to avoid large-scale political violence during the campaign ahead of the crucial 2021 assembly elections.

A BJP delegation from West Bengal, which met Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora in New Delhi on Monday, also cited discrepancies in the draft voters’ list and alleged that names of dead voters have not been deleted.

“The BJP requests your intervention to ensure early deployment of CPF else the ruling Trinamool Congress, with the active support of West Bengal Police, will make campaign very difficult, resulting in widespread violence,” stated a letter submitted to the CEC.

Accusing the West Bengal Police of being partisan, the BJP alleged that although its national president JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked in full public glare during his visit to Diamond Harbour in South 24 Parganas district on Thursday,afternoon, the police didn’t act.

“Political murders have been going on since the Lok Sabha polls and several BJP workers have been killed till date. They have got heightened in the last few months. The state police invariably deflect these as personal enmity and family feud and no action is taken. All this makes normal political activities very challenging.”

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) rubbished the allegations.

“Deployment of central forces ahead of the elections is a routine exercise. Half of the central forces have already been deployed as bodyguards of BJP leaders. It appears as if an entire army is moving with them. What new central force do they want? People have seen central forces in previous elections. They will vote for TMC,” said Kunal Ghosh, a spokesperson of TMC.

Some of the central leaders as well as top state leaders of the BJP including the party’s president of West Bengal unit Dilip Ghosh are protected by security personnel provided by various central police forces . These people are armed with automatic weapons. BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya was alloted a bullet-proof SUV by the Centre on Monday, days after the party’s national president JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked.

The BJP has also requested the poll panel not to use members of the West Bengal State Government Employees Federation for polling duties as they have allegedly pledged their support to the chief minister and her party.

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