Whereas a central group is anticipated to go to the state quickly, the deputy election commissioner in command of West Bengal, Sudeep Jain, is presently touring the state. That is his second go to there to take inventory of the preparations.
State BJP vice chairman Pratap Banerjee, who’s in command of the election workplace arrange for the meeting polls, informed ET, “Sudip Jain is coming to Kolkata. We’ll meet him and inform him about our issues. Now we have full religion within the physique. The core agenda of the BJP is to make sure justice to the folks of Bengal, and it begins with free and truthful elections.”
Banerjee stated the social gathering unit has ready a data-backed presentation. “The 2018 civic polls confirmed how the state government-sponsored violence created havoc in rural and suburban areas. That confirmed the true face of (chief minister) Mamata Banerjee,” he stated. “It isn’t our information however the EC’s that claims other than 13 individuals who have been killed, there have been 625 homes that have been destroyed. Even the cubicles have been recognized – 41,000 of them in 20 districts noticed some type of violence. The TMC (Trinamool Congress) gained 72.95 per cent of the seats as a result of no different social gathering was even allowed to file nominations.”
He stated the social gathering unit has requested for extra central paramilitary forces and that these forces function with out a lot involvement of state authorities officers. “Notably, we wish the deployment of forces to be fully within the arms of the Centre. Other than that, we wish ECI observers to return right here not just some days earlier than elections however at the very least a month earlier than in order that they’ll perceive the demography and native points higher,” he stated.
The help by state authorities officers to ECI officers also needs to be stored minimal, stated Banerjee. “Now we have seen up to now that some native officers are inclined to mislead the central officers with regard to native realities. We additionally need the numbers of observers to be made accessible in order that we are able to inform them what our staff have skilled,” he stated.
The social gathering can be demanding that every one the IAS and IPS officers who had a job to play within the 2018 panchayat polls be revoked earlier than polls. Banerjee stated the social gathering has additionally requested the ECI to particularly look right into a disproportionate enhance within the variety of voters within the border districts as proven by draft electoral lists up to now 4 years.
The social gathering’s election administration committee is working with district presidents, state workplace bearers and zonal coordinators to gather suggestions from the bottom and report them to the social gathering that may be taken up with the central physique, he stated.
“The concern is whereas 300 of BJP staff have been killed, the investigation in any of the circumstances has not moved ahead one bit, and the circumstances are solely rising,” stated Banerjee. “Simply take the instance of the previous few days. Not solely was our social gathering president JP Nadda’s convoy attacked, we additionally misplaced a senior chief of our social gathering unity in Titagarh who was shot lifeless on October 4. Simply 20 days later, a member of the Howrah sales space committee, Kinkar Majhi, was killed too. Even MLAs will not be secure, so social gathering staff are working amid lots of concern.”
TMC spokesman Saugata Roy, nonetheless, stated the BJP was unnecessarily elevating the difficulty of political violence within the state when none of that kind existed.
The TMC had earlier stated that almost all BJP staff had been killed due to private rivalries prompted on account of infighting within the social gathering.
“Even the mannequin code of conduct has not been introduced. Why is the social gathering making an attempt to create concern amongst voters?” stated Roy.