Trinamool Congress today slammed Congress for backing the State Election Commission’s suggestion to deploy central forces during the coming panchayat election in West Bengal,claiming that the law and order in the state was better than other states.
“Law and order is a state subject and it is irrelevant to support State Election Commission (SEC)’s demand for for holding panchayat election under central forces … Law and order in West Bengal is better than in any other state,” TMC all India general secretary Mukul Roy said here.
Roy was reacting to AICC general secretary Shakeel Ahmed’s statement that Congress will support the suggestion given by SEC.
Roy,who was defending the state government’s stand to hold the crucial panchayat polls under the state armed police,claimed that unlike in some other states there was no communal riot during the tenure of the Mamata Banerjee government.
“It is not wise to mix-up with Election Commission of India and the state poll panel. Just like the logistic support provided by the central government to the EC,the state governments do the same to the respective state election bodies which hold rural and municipal polls.
“The Trinamool Congress government will also do the same by providing the similar logistic support to the state election commission here with the existing forces,” he told.
Trinamool Congress had yesterday alleged the state election commissioner of being biased in favour of the opposition parties.
West Bengal Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee had said there was no requirement of deploying central force for panchayat polls which will cost the state Rs 400 crore.
The police were capable of conducting the panchayat polls and if at all some forces were needed,they would be brought from other states depending on the requirement and the situation,he said.The government has already announced a two-phase poll on April 26 and April 30.
The opposition has accused the government of attempts to create a constitutional crisis so that the polls are not held on time. Roy had hinted yesterday that the erstwhile Left Front government had extended the tenure of the state election commission from three to six years with ulterior motives. The necessary amendment was passed in 2010,when an imminent political change in the state was quite perceptible,he said.