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Mamata slams SEC,Oppn over demand

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today criticised the State Election Commission and the Opposition for demanding deployment of central forces in a local election.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today criticised the State Election Commission and the Opposition for demanding deployment of central forces in a local election.

“So many (panchayat polls) were held before – in 2001,2003 and 2008. When were the central forces deployed?” Banerjee asked at an election meeting in West Midnapore.

“This is not a general election. There is peace in Bengal,which is not being liked.”

Without naming the State Election Commissioner Meera Pandey,the CM said that she had received an extension during the erstwhile Left Front regime.

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“The polls will be held peacefully and the rights of the rural people won’t be taken away as there is an impartial administration in the state in sharp contrast to the previous Left Front regime,” she said,adding that the development work would suffer if the polls were not held. She also said the CPM and Opposition fear defeat in the polls.

“They are crying hoarse about terror. This is a baseless allegation. There has not been a single unfortunate incident so far during the campaign unlike the CPM regime when people were not allowed to cast votes,” she alleged.

The CM said that 1.79 lakh nominations have been filed for the elections due to be held from July 2.