Pointing out that over 100 people have been killed in incidents of poll violence in the state, Prasad said that the BJP does not have confidence in the West Bengal police in ensuring free and fair conduct of polls.
A delegation of the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today met officials of the Election Commission today in Delhi and demanded deployment of central forces at all polling booths in West Bengal. The delegation also demanded that the poll body declare West Bengal as a super sensitive state.
“We have demanded that the state of West Bengal should be declared as super-sensitive state. We’ve also demanded that central forces should be deployed at all polling booths,” Prasad told reporters after the meeting with EC.
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The BJP’s demand comes in the backdrop of several incidents of violence reported during the local body and panchayat elections in West Bengal. Pointing out that over 100 people have been killed in incidents of poll violence in the state, Prasad said that the BJP does not have confidence in the West Bengal police in ensuring free and fair conduct of polls.
The BJP and Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress have been at loggerheads since the appointment of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister. The saffron party has also managed to make inroads into the state which was formerly a Left bastion. Recently, a controversy erupted over Amit Shah’s Rath Yatra when CM Mamata Banerjee refused to allow Shah to go ahead with it. Post this, a huge showdown between the CBI and Kolkata police occurred, leading to a massive dharna by Banerjee.
Not sparing Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Prasad added that the BJP has requested the EC to take action against Congress chief Rahul Gandhi for levelling unverified allegations against PM on Wednesday in Ahmedabad, when the Model Code of Conduct is already in effect.
Gandhi had slammed the PM for corruption, GST, unemployment and also took a jibe at the alleged Rs 15 lakh poll promise. Gandhi had also questioned the release of Masood Azhar and dragged NSA Ajit Doval into his allegations.
The 2019 Lok Sabha elections scheduled to be held beween April and May has set the stage for an intense fight between the ruling partry and the Opposition. News agency ANI reported today that District election officer of Jaipur has issued notices to BJP’s Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra & General Secy of Rajasthan Congress Sunil Sharma for putting up posters in different locations across Jaipur depicting different operations done by Indian Armed forces along with their own photos.
On Tuesday, AAP leaders met Delhi police officials to file their protests over the alleged harassment of call centre executives it hired to inform people about their name being deleted from the voter list. As per reports, the BJP delegation had met the Chief Election Commissioner alleging that these practices by AA violated EC norms.
Before the Lok Sabha polls start on April 11, the Election Commission had ordered the Delhi Police to take “necessary action” against anyone who was making “misleading” phone calls about the city’s electoral rolls. This had lead to an FIR being filed.