BJP workers take out a protest rally in Kolkata against panchayat poll nomination violence.(HT/Samir Jana)
BJP workers take out a protest rally in Kolkata against panchayat poll nomination violence.(HT/Samir Jana)

Bengal election panel chief refutes BJP charge of Trinamool threat to him

BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha on Sunday alleged that West Bengal state election commissioner AK Singh has been receiving threats from Trinamool Congress over conduct of panchayat polls, and his mobile phone was being tapped and land line calls recorded.
Press Trust of India, Kolkata | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2018 07:27 PM IST

West Bengal state election commissioner AK Singh on Monday described the allegations that he had received threats from the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) as ‘completely baseless’.

“Yesterday (Sunday), a political party claimed that I have received death threats from the ruling TMC. I want to say it clearly that I have never ever received any such threat from any political party. The allegations are completely baseless,” Singh told reporters in Kolkata.

His comments came a day after BJP national secretary Rahul Sinha alleged that Singh has been receiving threats from the TMC over conduct of panchayat polls, and his mobile phone was being tapped and land line calls recorded.

The SEC said, “This is just an allegation. Some people don’t have control over their tongues. I have not decided on whether to take action against it or not.”

Singh said if he ever received such a threat, he will lodge a police complaint. He also denied Sinha’s claim that his conversation with other political parties are being recorded.

The SEC has been facing the flak of opposition parties over violence during the panchayat poll nomination process. The opposition parties have even accused Singh of working on behalf of the TMC and the state government and demanded his resignation. The SEC has denied the charge.

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