THE STATE BJP on Tuesday claimed that State Election Commissioner Susanta Ranjan Upadhyay resigned form his post after he was verbally and physically attacked by Trinamool Congress leaders.
Terming Upadhyay’s resignation as “unfortunate”, state party president Rahul Sinha told mediapersons: “I have information that the state election commissioner was verbally and physically attacked by Trinamool Congress leaders. He felt so insulted and dejected that he resigned.”
He also claimed that Upadhyay had regained his reputation, which had taken a beating in the last few elections, where he was dubbed as the puppet in the hands of the Mamata government. “We welcome his decision of stepping down instead of giving in to the bullies. Now I ask, why should not a criminal case be started against Trinamool leaders who had assaulted Upadhyay,” Sinha said.
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Earlier in the day, Sinha had said BJP will move Calcutta High Court to demand fresh polls into Bidhannagar and Asansol municipal corporations as well as Bally under Howrah municipality and boycott any election if repoll was ordered only in a few booths.
“We will move the high court tomorrow or latest the day after to demand fresh polls under the supervision of central forces,” said state BJP president Rahul Sinha.
While appealing to other Opposition parties to join the boycott call, he said: “We will boycott voting during any repoll because Trinamool Congress did not allow anyone else to vote. I heard even the family members of Trinanool leaders could not cast their votes. We will not participate even in counting.”
He claimed that there was no point in holding repolls in some booths when the entire poll process was rigged. “We have decided that we will not participate in the election process. None of our polling agents will be there. We urge the citizens to boycott it as well. We will take out a rally on October 8 — the proposed day of repoll and take out a condemn rally against the atrocities of Trinamool. It will be led by Asansol MP Babul Supriyo,” Sinha said.
He claimed that SEC’s decision to hold repoll in only a few wards on October 8 and counting the day after was taken owing to pressure from the Trinamool. “They (SEC) had to do it only because of pressure from TMC ministers. Trinamool’s gundagardi changed the mind of the commission,” Sinha claimed, adding that if a judge goes through the CCTV footage at the SEC’s office, the picture would become clear.
Referring to the rally held by Trinamool on Tuesday, where the party alleged that a section of the media had joined hands with the Opposition to taint the reputation of the state government, Sinha said: “The rally was held by goons, — those who looted the ballot. I want to assure the people of Kolkata not to be afraid of such high-handedness of Trinamool goons. Wait for the Assembly elections next year, which will be conducted under the supervision of central forces, whether the state government wants or not.”