Can’t guarantee Central forces: Govt to tell HC

The Trinamool Congress government will tell the Calcutta High Court that it could not guarantee the presence of Central paramilitary forces in the state during the upcoming panchayat polls in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: June 22, 2013 3:53:02 am

The Trinamool Congress government will tell the Calcutta High Court that it could not guarantee the presence of Central paramilitary forces in the state during the upcoming panchayat polls in the state.

The court,which is seized of the matter concerning holding of free and fair panchayat polls in the wake of the State Election Commission pushing for the deployment of Central forces,will hear the case on Monday.

The government will tell the court that so far it has not received any response from the Union Home Ministry about its request for the deployment of Central forces,which has been sent for the second time.

“They (Union Home Ministry) said no to our first request for the Central forces. And to our second request,they have not sent any reply. So far,our requests to the three states of Orissa,Punjab and Madhya Pradesh for additional forces have also not received any written responses. None of them have given us a written reply,except Orissa,which has only given a verbal assurance,” a senior official of the state government told The Indian Express on Friday.

Home Secretary designate holds meeting with top state officials

Anil Goswamy,who will take over the charge of new Union Home Secretary from July 1,met top officials of the state government at the Writers’ Buildings. Goswamy,who currently holds the post of OSD in the Union Home Ministry,is on a visit to the state as part of the familiarisation trip.

He refused to make any comment regarding the Centre refusing forces to the state. “I have discussed several issues and I will apprise the Union government of the situation here,” Goswamy told reporters after his meeting.

According to the officials of the state government,the issues that cropped up in the meeting included Maoist problem,fake currency,border difficulties and panchayat elections to name a few.

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