Civic elections today: BJP mulls legal action against SEC

Alleges SEC defied HC order to give police protection to candidates.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: October 3, 2015 12:35:37 am

A day ahead of the civic polls in Asansol and Bidhannagar, state BJP president Rahul Sinha said on Friday the party was mulling to take legal action against the State Election Commission (SEC) for defying the high court order to provide police protection to all contesting candidates.

“Upon the petition of Binoy Kumar Agarwal, our candidate for Ward 61 of Howrah Municipal Corporation, the high court had directed the SEC to provide police protection to all contesting candidates and to look into voters’ security so that they could exercise their franchise peacefully. But the SEC failed to provide an undertaking following the order and said it has not yet received it. We even presented our advocate’s letter to the SEC but the commission forwarded our letter to other authorities instead of implementing it,” Sinha told mediapersons on Friday.

“After the election, we will talk to our lawyers and might take legal steps against the SEC,” he added.

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Sinha also urged people to come out in large numbers and vote in Saturday’s elections.

On Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s refusal to bring in central forces for the civic polls, he said, “Why is she so afraid of central forces if she feels that people are with her?”

Alleging that the state government was “trying to loot tomorrow’s vote” by deploying only a “handful” of police personnel (over 2,000) for around 4.5 lakh voters in Salt Lake, Sinha said: “If there is no political influence on our police,I am sure that they are capable of conducting a peaceful, free and fair election.”

Referring to the hooch deaths in West Midnapore last Sunday, Sinha said the unofficial figure of casualties was 48 and alleged that authorities were showing causes of death as cardiac arrest in some cases without even conducting a post-mortem of the bodies.

“A team of BJP leaders have found out that post-mortem was not being done in many cases. When they complained about this to the SP, he ill-treated them and threatened to arrest our district leader Badshah Alam, and later called in civic police volunteers to force Alam out of his office,” Sinha said.

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