A team of Election Commission of India (ECI) officials is expected to visit Bengal on December 10 “to take stock of the ground reality” ahead of the Assembly polls slated for early next year.
During the visit, the state BJP unit has decided to meet the officials and apprise them of the alleged “electoral malpractices of the ruling party in the last civic polls”.
Speaking to mediapersons in Kolkata, state BJP president Rahul Sinha said the party would request the EC to derecognise the Trinamool Congress in light of two of its workers arrested over their alleged links with the Pakistan’s Inter State Intelligence (ISI).
“First it was a banned terror outfit of Bangladesh and now it is the ISI. The Trinamool Congress’ connection with these agencies has been established beyond doubt and we would request the EC officials to cancel the party’s affiliation,” the BJP leader said.
He said the party would hand over newspaper reports and photographs to the EC officials so that they could take adequate steps to ensure a free, fair and peaceful election in 2016.
The state BJP has also decided to launch a series of protest programme against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and the TMC-led government.
“Between December 14 and 21, we will hold statewide programmes, meetings, rallies and demonstrations against the misrule of the TMC. BJP national president Amit Shah would be holding rallies in the state in the first week of January 2016,” Sinha said.
Asked about the reshuffle in the state leadership and if he was set to be removed from the post of the state president, Sinha said: “Please ask this question to (national party president) Amit Shah and if you don’t get any reply, wait and watch.”
Interestingly, Sinha conducted the press conference in the presence of the party’s next probable state chief, Dilip Ghosh.