The Opposition parties in West Bengal Tuesday presented a united face as they urged the Election Commission to “marshal” the central forces in a “more effective manner” for area domination ahead of polls and tighter security on poll days.
Left Front leaders put up a sit-in demonstration in front of the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) alleging that the district administration was not following the poll panel’s instructions properly.
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“The Chief Election Commissioner had issued several orders. A section of police and administrative officials, however, are not carrying out those instructions properly,” said CPM MP Md Salim.
Alleging that the central forces’ personnel were seen busy shopping during duty hours instead of carrying out area domination exercise ahead of the elections on the first part of first phase held on Monday, Salim asked the poll panel to ensure it is not repeated in the next phases.
Meanwhile, the state unit of Congress alleged that the central forces were not being mobilised in the interior regions.
“The EC must ensure that it makes good of all its assurances to keep the confidence of people intact,” former state Congress president Pradeep Bhattacharya said.
A BJP delegation, led by senior leader Jayprakash Majumder, too filed a similar complaint with the CEO later in the day.
Following an instruction from the EC, the CEO conducted a video conference with the district administration officials and directed them to maintain a logbook recording the movement of central forces.